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our celebration weekend! 

WINTER 2007 



In June, we had 

concluded the largest 

campaign in Sweet 

Briar's history in true 

Sweet Briar style, 

by going over our 

ambitious $102 million 

goal by $9 million, 

an accomplishment in 

which an impressive 

87% of our alumnae 


As I sit down to write this message, fall semester 
for 2006 has ended. Exams have been turned in, 
and students have gone home for the holidays; 
athletic fields and dining hall are empty. Last 
week, the library was packed 24 hours a day by 
exhausted students in sweatshirts and pajama 
bottoms studying for finals. Today, it seems 
deserted by contrast. Faculty have read the last 
term papers, calculated semester grades, and 
turned their attention to family, friends and 
holiday travel. The campus, beautiful as always, 
is preternatural ly quiet. 

Echoing in the air, though, are the sounds 
of one of the most exhilarating terms at Sweet 
Briar in many years. From the moment our 101st 
freshman class arrived, it was clear that this fall 
would be a time for celebration. This issue of the 
Alumnae Magazine provides just the highlights. 
Our September Homecoming focused on Sweet 
Briar's proud history of Women Who Go Out 
and Make a Difference. Sounding that theme, 
we began the festivities with a Founders' Day 
Convocation honoring Elizabeth Perkins Prothro 
'39 for her philanthropic support of a number 
of distinguished academic institutions — among 
them, of course. Sweet Briar. A keynote address 
by playwright, poet, and author Sallie Bingham, 
whose carefully targeted philanthropy has 
focused on women's scholarship and women's 
artistic achievements, was followed by our 
traditional walk to the Monument. There, we 
honored founder Indiana Fletcher Williams, 
whose dream has made such an important 
difference in all of our lives. 

Saturday featured a full roster of events, 
from the highly academic to the purely fun. 
At mid-day the third annual Cardboard Board 
Regatta brought hoards of alumnae, students and 
friends to cheer on our young women engineers- 
in-the-making. After various athletic contests 
and a horse show, the grand event arrived: the 
Campaign Celebration Gala. In June, we had 
concluded the largest campaign in Sweet Briar's 
history in true Sweet Briar style, by going over 
our ambitious SI 02 million goal by S9 million, 
an accomplishment in which an impressive 87% 
of our alumnae participated. Some 1500 students 
and their guests, faculty, staff and donors danced 

the night away under a spectacular series of 
tents that nearly filled the quad. On Sunday 
morning, we attended a moving Chapel service, 
and inaugurated the charter class for our new 
Athletics Hall of Fame. What a weekend! 

Homecoming Weekend set the tone this 
year — a year in which we celebrate women's 
impact on this college and this world. The 
success of Sweet Briar's campaign is an outward 
and visible sign of the power of women's higher 
education to make a difference, one life at a 
time. That's something to celebrate all year long. 

All best from Sweet Briar, 

Photo © David Abrams 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine Winter 2007 Vol. 78, No. 1 


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Louise Swiecki Zrngaro '80 

Director, Alumnae Association 

Managing Editor, Alumnae Magazine 
Melissa Coffey '98 

Assistant Director, Tour Coordinator, 

Advisory Councils 
Melissa Gentry Witherow '80 

Assistant Director, 

Homecoming Coordinator, 

Advisory Councils 
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Assistant Director, 

Reunion Program, AAR Program 
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Assistant Director, Reunion Program, 

Assistant Editor & Class Notes Editor, 

Alumnae Magazine 
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Assistant Director, 

Alumnae Computer Services 
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Assistant to the Director 
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Editor, Alumnae Mogozine 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine Production 
Graphic design by The Design Group, 
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Forest, VA 

INSIDE FRONT COVER: From the President's Perspective 

2 Homecoming 2006: A Weekend of Celebration 

8 Founders' Day Convocation 

2006 Distinguished Alumna Award 
Keynote Address 

Inauguration of New Keystone Members 
Founders' Day Monument Service 

1 4 Homecoming Chapel Service 

1 6 A Student's Perspective on Homecoming 

1 8 A Special Note to Parents 

1 9 Gala Celebration 

22 Campaign Gifts at Work 

24 Friends of Athletics Hall of Fame Inauguration 

29 In the Spotlight 

3 1 Legacies Thrive in the Annual Fund 

32 Alumnae Participate in Career Services Event 

34 Transitions 
Mini Reunions 

35 In Memoriam 

36 Recent Deaths 

37 Nomination Form: "Women Who Go Out and Make A Difference" 

38 Class Notes 
64 Letters 

INSIDE BACK COVER: "In the Sweet Briar Tradition" 


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2 • Winter 2007 

HOMECOMING 2006 reached its intended pinnacle as more than 
1,500 alumnae, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff came 
together for a weekend of celebrating. The road to creating an 
eventful and memorable Homecoming event began with the receipt 
of the first official campaign gifts eight years earlier. Then, the idea 
of morphing an academic and athletics component into Sweet 
Briar's traditional Fall Council Weekend was recommended just 
three years ago. The result: our Homecoming 2006 event reflecting 

Sweet Briar's commitment to producing amazing results. 

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Cocktail Reception, Alumnae House/ 

Student athlete panelists arrive for 

Williams Associates/Silver Rose Society 


L-r: Megan Behrie '09; Jennifer 

Milby '08; Kathryn Brock '09; Jessica 

Leonardi '07 

Applause! Applause! for student 
athlete panelists. L-r: Eleanor C. Leslie; 
Elsie Landram Layton '50; Katherine 
Upchurch Takvorian '72 

L-r: 2006 Distinguished Honoree 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, President 
Muhlenfeld chat before convocation 

Sweet Briar's second Homecoming Weekend celebrated 
women and the highly successfid completion of Our 
Campaign For Her World. The theme, "Women 
Wlxo Go Out and Make a Difference," honored 
generations of Sweet Briar alumnae who have had a 
positive influence on their professions, communities, 
and families, and commemorated the centennial of the 
first Sweet Briar class enrolled in 1 906. 

Thursday evening 

Guests were welcomed to campus at a Cocktail 
Reception hosted by the Alumnae Association Board 
at the Sweet Briar Museum during the museum's 
exhibit "From Morning to Night — Domestic Sen ice 
in the Gilded Age South." Director Christian Carr 
and student docents provided highlights. The time 
period of America's Gilded Age (ca. 1880-1910) is 
representative of the time period during which the 
College was founded and showcases the two worlds of 
household employers and domestic servants that existed 
in middle- and upper-class homes during this period. 
The loan of this exhibit, developed by Maymount 
Foundation with the assistance of the Legacy Museum 
of African American History in Lynchburg and the 
Virginia Association of Museums, is an example of our 
museum's community outreach and partnership with 
neighboring institutions. 


The Williams Associates/Silver Rose Society Luncheon 
featured an update by President Muhlenfeld and a panel 
discussion with student athletes led by Dean Jonathan 

The weekend officially began Friday afternoon 
with Founders' Day Convocation, a yearly tradition 
since 1909. when the five members of the College's 
first class entered their senior year. This year Elizabeth 
Perkins Prothro '39, the 2006 Distinguished Alumna 
Award recipient, was honored for her philanthropic 
support of academic institutions. Sweet Briar College 
in particular. Sallie Bingham, author, philanthropist and 
founder of Kentucky Foundation For Women, gave the 
keynote address. "Women. Power And Money." 

During Convocation, all Keystone Society members 
and Distinguished Alumna Award recipients present 
were acknowledged. Special recognition also was gi\cn 
to Judith Bunion I lalse\ '47, » ho was present for the 
festivities and whose mother. Eugenia Griffin Burnett 
'10, was a member of Sweet Briar's first class. Judith's 
daughter. Mary Shaw liaise) ""4. also graduated from 
Sweet Briar, representing a legac) of three generations. 

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Winter 2007 • 3 


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Boat House Picnic before 
Boat Regatta 

SRC members greet all 

Crowd gathers to cheer 
the contenders 

Carter Glass Professor 
of Government Barbara 
Perry presents Alumnae 
College, "Unlikely 
Comparisons: Dolley 
Madison, Jackie Kennedy, 
and Hillary Clinton" 

Saturday's Summer 
Honors Research Student 
Lecturers, L-r: Ferrell 
Lyles '07; Shaheen 
Moosa '07; Kendra 
Hawkins '07; Christina 
Johnson '08; Adlyn 
Perez-Figueroa '08 

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They're off! 

Rounding one touch 

The Winners! L-r: Amy 
Dyer '10; Christina 
Johnson '08 racing 
"U.S.S. Happens" 

Saturday morning 

Saturday's Alumnae Colleges and Open Houses 
featured venues specifically supported by the capital 
campaign including Student Honors Research, the 
Kitty Corbett Powell '38 Reading Room, Studio Arts 
Farm, Nature Center, Pannell Art Gallery and the Sweet 
Briar Museum. Alumnae College lecturers included: 
Summer Honors Research students Ferrell Lyles '07, 
Shaheen Moosa '07, Christina Johnson '08, Adlyn 
Perez-Figueroa '08 and Kendra Hawkins '07; Associate 
Professor of Arts Management and Director of Galleries 
Rebecca Massie Lane; Professor of Environmental 
Sciences David. R. Orvos; and Carter Glass Professor 
of Government and Director of the Center for Civic 
Renewal Barbara A. Perry. 

Saturday afternoon 

On Saturday afternoon, the Boxwood Circle Society 
and the Alumnae Association hosted the Third Annual 
Cardboard Boat Regatta at Sweet Briar Lake. Seven 
engineering student teams raced life-sized cardboard 
boats which they had designed and constructed, cheered 
on by the excited crowd! 

Athletic events also were highlighted Saturday 
afternoon, including home games hosted by Sweet 
Briar's soccer and field hockey teams and an intramural 
horse show at Rogers Riding Center. 

Saturday evening 

In response to the success of the capital campaign, 
which surpassed the SI 02 million goal by raising 
more than $110 million. President Muhlenfeld hosted 
a glorious tented gala (more than 27,000 square feet 
of tent space was erected on the library lawn, down 
to Quad Drive). The event was complete with a swing 
band, sushi bar and elegant Southern fare. 

The entire Sweet Briar community celebrated in the 
heart of the academic village with panoramic views of 
the southern dell. Regardless of one's time here, the 
place and the views offered a soulful reminder of who 
we are and where we are as an academic community 
and why this institution remains distinguished. It was 
the best of gatherings with the Sweet Briar communitj 
all together in grand social form — our amazing students 
descending the steps of the dorms into the lent, 
alongside alumnae, parents, friends, faculty, and staff. 
The traditional on-campus community expanded to one 
inclusive of all who take part in and support the life of 
our College. 

Winter 2007 • 5 


The Student Relations Committee (SRC) 
of the Alumnae Association hosted events 
aimed at building student enthusiasm and 
attendance. On Aug. 30 and 31, the 
SRC and Linda DeVogt '86, president of 
the Alumnae Association, kicked off the 
Pink and Green Competition and hosted 
Open Houses for sister classes at The Farm 
House. The Pink Team was comprised of 
the first-years and juniors (Classes of 2010 
and 2008), and the sophomores and 
seniors (Classes of 2009 and 2007) made 
up the Green Team. The Pink Team won 
the 2006 competition, reigning victorious 
for a second year. The sister classes of 
2010 and 2008 thank the alumnae who 
supported the spirited rivalry and the 
resulting Victory Party held on October 30 
at The Farm House. During the weekend, 
SRC members attended events, handed out 
stadium treats at athletic events and hosted 
"Reflections," an alumnae panel which 
discussed traditions and campus life through 
the decades. 

In addition, traditional Annual Fund 
volunteer training was offered by the 
Development Office, and the Alumnae 
Association Board held its fall meetings. The 
Visiting Committee on the Riding Program 
and the Friends of Athletics Steering 
Committee also met. Sally Old Kitchin '76, 
parent (Maria '04) and member of the 
Board of Directors, encourages all alumnae 
to return to Homecoming: "All alumnae 
are warmly welcomed. The student, faculty 
and alumnae engagement is wonderful! 
Alumnae are invited to participate in 
a number of activities which puts them 
in direct contact with the students. It is 
fabulous to see how proud our current 
students are of Sweet Briar. This year was 
exceptional the moment we stepped on 

6 • Winter 2007 

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Six Charter Members of 
the Athletics Hall Of Fame, 
standing approximately 
where the new Fitness and 
Athletics Center complex will 
end (Williams Gymnasium in 

L-r: Katie Hearn '85; Bee 
Newman Thayer '61; Mary 
Jane Schroder Oliver 
Hubbard '62; Chips Cfiao 
Pai '57; Cannie Crysler 
Shafer '78; Lendon Gray '71 

Alumnae field hockey and 

On Sunday morning. President 
Muhlenfeld along with student and 
alumnae celebrants gave thanks 
for the life of the College. Interim 
Chaplain Reverend Adam White 
delivered the sermon. "Eight 
Hundred and Three Steps" — the 
actual number of steps from Eric 
Casey's Classics classroom to the 
Engineering Lab — a metaphor 
illustrative of how intellectual 
differences among diverse 
disciplines are reduced by the gift 
of education. The sermon was 
complemented by readings and 
music designed to provide a point 
of closure to the weekend. 

The most compelling athletic 
event was Sunday's induction of 
the charter members of the Sweet 
Briar College Athletics Hall of 
Fame. The nine inductees span 
multiple decades (See p. 24 for 
full coverage). Following the 
Athletics Hall of Fame Brunch 
were alumnae competitions 
in field hockey, soccer and 

One final note 

As an alumna and a staff member, 
it was an honor and a privilege to 
work collaboratively with so many 
community members, both on- and 
off-campus. The students, faculty, 
and staff were amazing during a 
time also marked by the onset of 
the new academic year already 
filled with many obligations and 
focuses. The alumnae, parents, 
and friends provided support and 
resources beyond expectation. 
The Alumnae Association Board 
thanks each of you. 

Please plan to join us 
next fall for Homecoming, 
September 20-23, 200'. ! 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 7 




I have to admit to a guilty thrill 
whenever I'm asked to talk about 
women, power and money. Perhaps 
it's because these three nouns were 
never linked when I was growing up 
in Kentucky. 

Women then didn't seem to have either 
power or money. In fact some of them did 
have one or the other, or even both — but 
that was kept disguised, like some kind of 
bad manners. 
| I never put much stock in manners, 
© perhaps because my ancestress, Mary 
I Wortley Montague, the British writer and 
> world traveler, wasn't much interested 


| in manners, either. When someone at a 
party was shocked by the sight of her 
dirty hands, Mary said, "You should see 
my feet." And that was in the eighteenth 
century when people seldom bathed. 

Yet even today, women who openly 
show an interest in power and money may 
be treated as though they ought to take a 

Why is that? 

Perhaps because power was never 
considered an appropriate adornment for 
a woman, and certainly not for a lady. 
Power brings conflict in its train, and we 
are taught early and well to avoid conflict 
at all costs — especially with men. Some 
of you may even remember when girls 
were not supposed to excel at academics 
or sports (excelling is a form of power) for 
fear that they wouldn't get dates. 

Yet there was a way a woman could use 
her money, if she had it, and that was by 
giving it away. My grandmother, who was 
a great cynic and therefore a great teacher, 
called that "flannel petticoat charity." 

That's the form of Band-Aid giving that 
never addresses root causes of poverty or 
injustice, the kind of giving that Dorothea 
Brooks, in George Eliot's Middlemarch, 
distrusted, the kind of giving we do 
now when we support various cosmetic 
companies' campaigns to eradicate breast 
cancer without realizing that it is pollution 
that is causing this epidemic. 

8 • Winter 2007 

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founders' day 

Confronting root causes is difficult. 
but it is a most worthy exercise of power 
and intelligence. Giving money to buy 
Band- Aid solutions is a way of avoiding 
responsibility for what is causing our 

To give with power, to give in the fight 
against root causes, whether discrimination 
in all its forms, economic exploitation, 
servile acquiescence in government 
irresponsibility, prejudice, hatefulness 
wherever it is promoted — that brings us 
into the gun sights of those who want 
to control reality. But it also brings an 
incredible sense of satisfaction — whether 
our goals are achieved or not. 

For we can never know what one word 
of protest, one letter to the editor, one 
dollar sent to an unpopular cause will do in 
a future beyond our ken. 

But before we can give away our 
money — and I think it's safe to assume 
that everyone hearing me today has some 
money to give away — we must claim it. 

This is particularly difficult in the case 
of inherited money. I didn't inherit my 
money, I had to fight like the devil for it, 
but I didn't earn it; it was earned by many 
other people. So I am in a way an inheritor, 
and so it is doubly difficult for me to own 
these ill-gotten gains. 

Ill-gotten because so many of the people 
who worked for my family's monopoly 
corporations in Kentucky — especially 
the women, receptionists, secretaries and 
cafeteria workers — never accumulated 
enough money to do much in the world. 

With this on my mind, I decided after 
the sale of the corporations to put about 
a third of my 1 1% of the total into an 
endowment for a new kind of foundation: 
a foundation that supports women artists 
who are feminists — who use their art for 
social change. 

The Kentucky Foundation For Women 
is still one of only two foundations in the 
country that gives its grants to women 
artists who are feminists. There are now a 
few more foundations that support women 
than there were 1 5 years ago, when 1 
founded KFW, but most of them give 
money for basic survival needs. Band- 
Aids, expressions of empathy — but useless 
in attacking root causes. 

If you believe, as I do, that the highest 
form of art alters the atmosphere and 
shapes the unconscious of its partaker, then 
you will understand why I feel the work 
of the Kentucky Foundation For Women 
is revolutionary. With each of our grants, 
we are saying, "This woman is important, 
her art is important, and it will cause a 
change in those who see it, hear it, or read 
it. A change that we can't quantify — and 
don't want to. A change that is silent, bold, 

Of course we were much criticized, at 
the beginning. Mainly we were accused 
of being crazy idealists and also possibly 
lesbians — the same criticism that is 
launched whenever women exercise power, 
as though being sane and heterosexual 
somehow weakens resolve and neutralizes 

But then, maybe it does! Close contact 
with sanity, defined in our culture as 
convention, as fitting in — and close 
contact with men, defined as submission 
and pleasing — may very well weaken our 
resolve and neutralize our outrage. And we 
will certainly find ourselves better liked. 

I am guessing that some of you here 
today may be in a position, either now 
or later, to set up a foundation to help 
yourselves, and other women, make a dent 
in this dreary world. Your own experiences 
in that world will provide a sharp goad to 
bring about change, if you are aware and 
awake. Perhaps someone here today will 
also be aroused by her own experience to 
believe in the power of art to bring about 

How did I arrive at this belief? I was 
fortunate as a child to be exposed to the 
paintings of El Greco in a big book of 
plates in the family library; I found I could 
not bear to look at one of his greenish, 
writhing crucifixions. Fear is a marvelous 
example of the working of power — the 
one glimpse I allowed myself of that 
crucifixion undid all the pastel images in 
my Sunday school coloring books. 

Or, years later, when 1 saw The Dinner 
Parly, Judy Chicago's outrageous place 
settings absolved me of some of the 
shame of being a woman — just like that. 
For in my childhood, growing up female 
meant growing up ashamed. And now. the 

Brooklyn Museum of Art is building a 
new wing, thanks to a gift from Elizabeth 
Sackler's foundation, to house The Dinner 
Part} 1 , which has been warehoused for 
decades, in a collection of feminist art — 
two words that, like women and power, are 
almost never seen together. 

I could go on to cite my vision of The 
Victoiy ofSamothace, on a staircase in the 
Louvre, as an influence — but I was also 
persuaded by my experiences as a writer. 

I first recognized the power of words 
artfully used in a rather unfortunate way. 
My first published short story, written 
while I was at college, caused a storm 
because it revealed the then-shocking fact 
that young men and women sometimes 
had sexual relationships. This was in the 
era of parietal rules when housemothers in 
housecoats patrolled girls' dormitories and 
served tea on Sunday afternoon. 

So when my story, "Winter Term." 
appeared in the Howard Advocate and 
subsequently in Mademoiselle (this was 
when the women's magazines published 
serious fiction). I was called in by the 
Dean, a terrifying figure in suit, hat and 
gloves with a hateful little dog under her 
desk. She told me the story would stop 
alumni giving (and it was only eight pages 

I learned the first and hardest lesson 
of my life as a writer then — for I deleted 
all references to Cambridge from the 
story. And of course it did no good, and 1 
realized I had betrayed myself because I 
was frightened. 

Now. as I look back on that frightened 
girl, I understand what a long journey I 
have come. It is the same journey that 
everyone in this room must travel, from the 
innocence of helplessness to the wisdom 
of pow er. 

That is the journey I wish for all of you. 

There is pain and terror along the 
way — no question of that. But when you 
have learned to use your money, and your 
power, you will arrive at an appreciation 
of your womanhood unlike anything you 
have ever imagined — or that your mother 
or your grandmother imagined. And that 
appreciation is indeed the crown onlj 
power, rightfully used, can confer. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 9 


The Distinguished Alumna Award, 
established in 1988, recognizes alumnae 
who have brought distinction to themselves 
and to Sweet Briar College through 
their outstanding accomplishments in a 
volunteer or professional capacity. 

Dorothy Rouse-Bottom '49 
Diana Muldaur Dozier '60 
Karin Lawson '74 

Hallam Hurt '67 


Virginia Upchurch Collier '72 

Katherine Upchurch Takvorian '72 


Ann Henderson Bannard '49 

Sadie Gwin Allen Blackburn '45 


Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp '68 


Molly Haskell Sarris '61 


Anna Chao Pai '57 

Joan Vail Thorne '51 


Beryl Bergquist Farris '71 


Georgene M. Vairo '72 


Katharine Crommelin Milton '62 


Patricia Traugott Rouse '48 


Connie Burwell White '34 


Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 


Nella Gray Barkley '55 


Elizabeth Morton Forsyth '36* 


Anne Litle Poulet '64 


Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer '64 


Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 


Founders' Day Presidential Party, l-r: 

Dean Jonathan Green; Convocation Speaker 

Sallie Bingham; Distinguished Alumna Honoree 

Elizabeth Prothro; President Muhlenfeld; 

Alumnae Association President Linda DeVogt; 

Chaplain Adam White; Dean of 

Co-Curricular Life Cheryl Steele 

Elizabeth Prothro accepts award 

t is my great pleasure and privilege, 
as President of the Alumnae 
Association, to introduce Elizabeth 
Perkins Prothro of the Class of 1939, 
recipient of the 2006 Distinguished 
Alumna Award, one of the highest 
honors Sweet Briar College can 

Elizabeth Prothro remembers the 
beginning of her family's connection to 
the College: "My mother and a family 
friend and I were driving across the 
country in 1935, passed Sweet Briar 
and decided to drive in. When I saw it, 
I decided that's where I wanted to go." 
Now, three generations of Prothro women 
have attended Sweet Briar. Daughter Kay 
Prothro Yeager is Class of '61; Kay's 
daughters, Elizabeth Yeager Edwards '84 
and Linda Yeager Beltchev '85, were 
next. Son Mark's daughter, Holly Prothro 
Philbin is Class of '95. 

Elizabeth always has shown great 
generosity to her alma mater, giving 
financial support but also pitching in to 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

founders' day 

determine needs and working to fulfill 
them. In 1957, she served on President 
Anne Gary Pannell's Advisory Board. 
Actively interested in the intellectual 
life of the College, she was the founding 
chairman of Sweet Briar's Friends of the 
Library in 1966, building an organization 
that immediately enhanced the quality of 
the library collections, leading to Sweet 
Briar's library being widely regarded as 
the best private undergraduate collection 
in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a 
life member of Friends of the Library. 

In 2001, Elizabeth was one of twenty- 
two recipients of the Sweet Briar College 
Centennial Award during the College's 
Centennial Celebration. This award 
was created by action of the Centennial 
Commission "to recognize faculty, staff, 
alumnae and friends who through their 
dedication and commitment have had a 
significant impact on Sweet Briar College 
and/or the Sweet Briar Community" during 
the College's first 100 years. 

In 2002, she became a charter member 
of Sweet Briar's Keystone Society. In 
2003, Elizabeth served as a member of 
the Dallas Campaign Planning Committee 
during Our Campaign For Her World. 

Also in 2003, she was one of three 
recipients of the Council of Independent 
College's major national awards, receiving 
its Award for Philanthropy, which 
"celebrates individuals who contribute 
volunteer service or financial support to 
independent colleges and universities. It 
honors those individuals who, by their 
example, provide a beacon for others to 

The Council of Independent College's 
President Erkman, in introducing 
Elizabeth, noted: "The Prothro family's 
gifts have helped to institute important 
educational programs and build critical 
facilities including campus centers, 
libraries, and research and medical centers. 
Their service on various higher education 
related boards and commissions has 
contributed to the vigor of private colleges 
and universities." 

As well as Sweet Briar, Southwestern 
University, Southern Methodist University, 
Baylor University Medical Center, 
Midwestern State University. Texas 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 

received the 2006 Distinguished Alumna Award at 

Founders' Day Convocation, September 22, 2006 

Her connection to the College began in 1935; she and her mother, driving across 
the country, passed Sweet Briar. "When I saw it, I decided that's where I wanted 
to go." Now, three generations of Prothro women have attended: daughter 
Kay Prothro Yeager '61 ; Kay's daughters Elizabeth Yeager Edwards '84 and 
Linda Yeager Beltchev '85; and son Mark's daughter Holly Prothro Philbin '95. 

Elizabeth always has shown great generosity, giving financial support but also 
determining needs and working to fulfill them. In 1957 she served on President Pannell's 
Advisory Board. Actively interested in the intellectual life of the College, as Founding Chair 
of Friends of the Library in 1966, she built an organization that immediately enhanced the 
quality of the library collections. She is a Life Member of FOL. 

In 2001 Elizabeth was one of 22 recipients of Sweet Briar 's Centennial Award, which 
recognized faculty, staff, alumnae and friends who "through dedication and commitment 
have had a significant impact on Sweet Briar College during its first 100 years." In 2002, 
she became a charter member of the Keystone Society. 

She served on the Dallas Campaign Planning Committee (Our Campaign For Her 
World] in 2003 and also was one of three recipients of the Council of Independent 
College's major national awards, receiving its Award for Philanthropy, which "celebrates 
individuals who contribute volunteer service or financial support to independent colleges 
and universities." Besides Sweet Briar, Southwestern University, Southern Methodist 
University, Baylor University Medical Center, Midwestern State University, Texas Wesleyan 
University, the University of Texas, and Wofford College have benefited from Elizabeth's 
interest and support. 

A member of the Silver Rose Society, her enthusiasm has inspired an ongoing family 

Elizabeth with son Mark Prothro, granddaughter Holly Prothro Philbin '95 

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Winter 2007 • 1 1 

founders' day 

Wesleyan University, the University of 
Texas, and Wofford College have benefited 
from Elizabeth's and her family's interest 
and support. 

"At home," Elizabeth is a photographer 
whose work, including photographs and 
murals, has been displayed in several 
public buildings and private collections. 
A collector of rare Bibles, she donated 
a collection of 300 rare Bibles to the 
Bridwell Library at Perkins School of 
Theology, Southern Methodist University. 
She serves as Vice President of the 
Perkins-Prothro Foundation, and in 2006 is 
Honorary Board/Director for the Wichita 
Falls Symphony Orchestra, Inc. 

A member of the Silver Rose Society, 
her enthusiasm and enduring interest 
inspired an ongoing family commitment. 
Her late husband Charles began a lengthy 
service on Sweet Briar's Board in 1960, 
and was chairman of the Board of 
Directors from 1972 until his retirement in 
1977. Their daughter Kay gave nine years 
of service to Sweet Briar's Board, 1984- 
1993, and son Mark served on the Board 
for eight years, 1995-2003. 

The generosity of Elizabeth and her 
entire family has helped keep Sweet Briar 
on top. A gift from her mother. Lois Perkins, 
in honor of Elizabeth and granddaughter 
Kay Prothro Yeager, provided the organ 
in the Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel. The 
Perkins-Prothro Foundation's numerous 
gifts over the decades include the Charles 
and Elizabeth Prothro Natatorium (1975- 
77), the Prothro Commons (1981), and the 
Prothro Scholarship, the College's largest 
endowed scholarship fund. Their most 
recent gift in 2002 was designated to the 
new Student Commons, "made from the 
good memories and love" members of the 
family have for Sweet Briar. 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro is clearly A 
Woman Who Has Gone Out And Made A 
Difference... in so many ways. 

Thank you, Elizabeth, for all you have 
done and continue to do. 

Thank you especially for your steadfast 
loyalty and stewardship of Sweet Briar 

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L-r: Ann Young Bloom '59; Charlotte Heuer de Serio '57; Donna Pearson Josey '64; 
Helen Murchison Lane '46; Eleanor C. Leslie; Richard E. Leslie; Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54; 
VFIC (Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges) represented by Mary-Beth Johnson, 
Vice President, VFIC. Not pictured: Margaret Jones Wyllie '45 

New Keystone Society Members Honored At Convocation 

KEYSTONE: The wedge-shaped piece at the crown of an arch that locks the other pieces in 
place; something on which associated things depend for support" 

The Keystone Society was chartered in 2002 with 1 6 members who made lifetime 
commitments totaling $ 1 million or more. Keystone Society members are the very center of 
Sweet Briars strong philanthropic tradition. Their investments enliven our learning community 
and heighten the College's distinguished national reputation. 



Mildred Lewis Adkins '29* 

Ann Ritchey Baruch '62 

Florence Woelfel Elston-Beemer '21 * 

Gordon G. Beemer H '21 * 

Audrey T Berts '45* 

Betty Bean Black '49* 

Ann Young Bloom '59 

J. Bruce Bredin* 

Octavia M. duPont Bredin* 

Catherine Barnett Brown '49 

Walter H. Brown H '49 

Ruth Simpson Carrington '21 * 

Nancy Hancock Coe '3 1 * 

Flora Cameron Crichton '46 

The Charles A. Dana Foundation 

The Jessie Ball duPont Foundation 

Charlotte Heuer de Serio '57 

Frances Johnson Finley '37* 

James D. Finley II 

Carol McMurtry Fowler '57 

The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation 

Nancy Hall Green '64 

Evelyn Lorraine Haire Greer '9 1 

Margaret Bell Hare '32* 

George W. Jackson* 
Donna Pearson Josey '64 
Helen Murchison Lane '46 
Richard E. and Eleanor C. Leslie 
Helen Martin '33* 
Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54 
Norma Patteson Mills '60 
J. Wilson Newman* 
The Perkins-Prothro Foundation 
C. Wrede Petersmeyer* 
Frances Gregg Petersmeyer '43 
Kitty Corbett Powell '38 
John Lee Pratt* 
Charles N. Prothro* 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 
Sally Reahard '30* 
Bettie Katherine Arnold Reed '64 
Anne Wilson Rowe '57 
Josiah P. Rowe III 
Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 
The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges 
Cornelia Wailes '26* 
Edward T Wailes* 
Margaret Jones Wyllie '45 

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As Homecoming 2006 draws to a close, one cannot help but museffabout the name itself, 
"Homecoming," of coming home and being home. It's true: for alifmnae, for faculty, and for 
students this place has become a kind of home. But even more than a home, this place is a 
gift with its origin in a gift, the gift of Indiana Fletcher Williams and James Henry Williams. 
A gift which brought triumph out of tragedy and a glorious future out of an end. Sweet 
Briar is a gift that continues to give in the lives of women; women who go out and make a 
difference in our world. The success of Our Campaign for Her World is a testimony to the 
profound degree to which we believe this place is a gift, a gift worth sharing. 

But what is the nature of the gift? What kind 
of gift is it? At first the answer seems simple 
enough. The gift is an education. But not just any 
education. It's a broad education, an education 
that comprises the richness of the liberal arts. But 
to say that what Sweet Briar offers is merely a 
diversity of subjects does not tell the whole story. 
To say that it is a broad education seems to miss 
the real passion of professors, the unquenchable 
inquiry of students, and the magic that happens 
around this place when energetic faculty engage 
with students hungry for knowledge. To merely 
say that the curriculum is broad and wide-ranging 
seems to miss the real heart and soul, the pathos 
of what we are about here. The term "liberal" 
is equally problematic, especially in an age in 
which titles like "liberal" or "conservative" ignite 
enormous firestorms at their mere mention; in an 
age where polarization is the order of the day. 

I was thinking the other day about the notion 
of liberal studies, the liberal arts, and liberal 
education. I just happened to be in the kitchen 
baking a cake with my seven-year-old daughter 
(that's class of 2021). I have learned that the 
kitchen is a marvelous laboratory for learning 
important life lessons. When we arrived at the 
point in the baking process where we needed 


to ice the cake, I began to read the instructions 
on the canister of icing which exhorted me to 
apply the icing "liberally" to the cake. Suddenly, 
I understood what I was to do. I wasn't just 
supposed to cover the surface area of the cake. 
I was to pour on icing as lavishly as possible. I 
began to lavish icing on this cake. I stepped back 
for a moment and it was glorious; a generous and 
extravagant application of icing which proved 
a beautiful thing to behold. Suddenly, I had my 
metaphor: the gift of Sweet Briar is a generous 
and extravagant education. 

With more than 40 programs of study, 
resume-building internships, opportunities for 
international study, customizable majors that allow 
students to cut across disciplines and unite diverse 
fields in an ongoing conversation; with leadership 
development opportunities, and opportunities for 
research and writing with faculty; with a team 
model of advising that can bring together the 
insights of numerous professional staff all pulling 
for the student and her future; when it all comes 
together, it is clear: the Sweet Briar experience is 
a generous and extravagant education. 

A few months ago I was reading from the 
Greek poet Aeschylus in his work Prometheus 
Bound. In the story, the hero Prometheus steals 
fire from Zeus and gives it as a gift to humanity. 
With this basic building block, technology is 

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born. Humanity learns to make medicine with 
which to heal, and chariots and warships with 
which to make war; the means of life and the 
means of death. Aeschylus understands that 
technology can be both blessing and curse. Isn't 
it amazing that someone who lived in the sixth 
century B.C. would have insight into what we 
perceive to be a modern problem? It's just another 
reminder of how interconnected disciplines can be 
and should be. Indeed, classics has something to 
say to technology, and technology has something 
to say to classics. Aeschylus is clearly the domain 
of classical studies, and when I think about 
technology, our new engineering program comes 
to mind. All of this got me to thinking about 
just how far apart these disciplines really are, 
and so I had some students pace it out for me. 
There are eight hundred and three steps from 
Dr. Casey 's office in classics to the engineering 
lab in Guion. And so, the task of a generous and 
extravagant education is to, in some way, reduce 
the number of steps between diverse disciplines: 
not physically, but intellectually, to expand the 

A generous and extravagant education is not 
afraid of any question or of any answer. It is not 
afraid of dissident voices. Nothing is off-limits in 
the pursuit of understanding. 

There is no doubt that learning is profoundly 
spiritual. As the Almighty is the giver of all 
wisdom and knowledge, so the pursuit of wisdom 
is a spiritual exercise. Whether we recognize it 
or not, study is profoundly spiritual. And this 
goes beyond academics. Co-curricular Life 
creates opportunities for students to get out in 
God's world to fish, to canoe, to rock climb, to 
experience the spiritual awakening that comes 
with exposure to the creation. There are also 
opportunities for service learning. Students can 
join a Habitat for Humanity building project. 
They can work with children of low-income 
families. They can become a Big Sister in the Big 
Brothers-Big Sisters program and experience God 
in service to others. 

Words cannot begin to express how significant 
the Chaplain's Office is to the Sweet Briar 
community. College is a time when students 
begin to establish core values. Often college is 
a time to explore faith in new ways, to try on 
leadership roles in spiritual life. It's a time when 
students are trying to discern the value of the faith 
tradition in which they were raised. For some, 
the new adventure of an undergraduate career 
sparks a spiritual awakening and a need for God. 

The Chaplain's Office is there for counsel and for 
support, with opportunities for study and worship. 
All of which are an essential part of a generous 
and extravagant education. 

This summer I received a copy of the alumni 
magazine from my alma mater. Drew University. 
Drew had just celebrated the inauguration of 
a new president. There was included in the 
magazine a manuscript of the inaugural address in 
which President Robert Weisbuch made the most 
profound observation. He said, "As the Jewish 
president of a Methodist-based university with 
a preponderance of Catholic undergraduates and 
an increasing number of Islamic students, I am 
here today to affirm that democratic education 
is the hope of the world, the only hope and 
nothing less." As I read those words, I thought 
about our mission here. Sweet Briar has as rich 
a tradition, and we are as religiously diverse a 
community. Between our Friday evening Torah 
Study and Shabbat Observance, the Open Door 
service on Sunday evenings. Catholic Mass on 
Monday evenings, and with programs to support 
the religious and dietary needs of our Muslim 
students, the Chaplain's Office is responding to 
the needs of a very religiously diverse community. 
It is almost poetic that the High Holy Days of 
two of the world's great religions have begun 
this weekend: Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah — a 
testimony to the diversity of our community. 
But more than merely providing opportunities 
for worship and piety, our goal here is to expand 
the conversation, to keep everyone talking to 
everyone else, to find our common ground, our 
common virtues, our common commitments, 
and our common humanity. That is the hope of 
the world, especially in a time when unchecked 
ideology is too often backed by guns and bombs. 
A generous and extravagant education is the 
vehicle to real lasting peace and global tranquility. 

The question is: How do we pass on the 
legacy after having received a generous and 
extravagant education? The answer is to live in 
a generous way. We all have gifts: time, talents, 
treasure, wisdom, insight, empathy, concern. 
love, compassion. My prayer is that the spirit 
of generosity will grow in us: that we will share 
what we are, and who we arc. with the world 
that needs so much of what we have to give. Let 
us be like living water to a lh>rsi\ \\ orld. I i\ e 
generously and share extravagantly. Go out and 
make a difference. 


A generous and 
education is not 
afraid of any question 
or of any answer. 
It is not afraid of 
dissident voices. 
Nothing is off-limits 
in the pursuit of 

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Enjoying the Gala Celebration! 

L-r: Angelica Guarino '06; 

Natalie Pye '07; author 

Erin Rogers '08; Shaheen 

Moosa '07; Caitlin Cashin '07 

"A Soldier's Tale", 
L-r: Ella Magruder, "Devil"; 
Mark Magruder, "Soldier" 


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s a member of the Alumnae 
Association Board's Student 
Relations Committee (SRC), 
it is particularly gratifying to 
hear fellow students and friends 
tell of how much they enjoyed 
Homecoming Weekend. Almost 
as soon as classes began, our team of students 
"hit the ground running" to ensure that this 
year's Homecoming Weekend would be an even 
greater success than Homecoming 2005. The 
SRC is a group of 15 students, representing 
each of the four classes at Sweet Briar, who 
work toward enhancing and strengthening 
relations between alumnae and students. For us, 
Homecoming brings a busy season. 

Spirits were high during the Pink and 
Green Parties at The Farm House, campus 
home of Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80, director 
of the Alumnae Association. Hosted by 
Linda DeVogt '86, president of the Alumnae 
Association, and the SRC, these dinner parties 
were held on two separate nights for the Pink 

Team's sister classes of 2008 and 2010 and the 
Green Team's sister classes of 2007 and 2009. 
Not only did they serve as a great way for the 
sister classes to get together, they also provided a 
place reminiscent of home to gather with friends 
over some "fantastic food," in the words of 
Brandon Ayers Agnew '08. She added, "It was a 
great way to meet classmates in a setting outside 
the classroom." The Alumnae Office even gave 
the students pink and green pins with the text, 
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!" The team whose 
color is most represented by both alumnae 
and current students attending Homecoming 
wins a Pizza Party at The Farm House after 
Homecoming. The Pink Team won this year for 
the second time. 

All of the weekend's publicized events were 
well attended by students. Convocation and 
the traditional Founders' Day ceremonies 
Friday afternoon gave a splendid start to a 
weekend celebrating the achievements of Sweet 
Briar and SBC alumnae and led to an evening 
of entertainment. Students were delighted by 

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the extraordinary experience of attending Igor 
Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale," staged in the 
Murchison Lane Auditorium of the Babcock 
Fine Arts Center. The theatrical work, which was 
presented by a number of dynamic professors, 
featured faculty actors William Kershner, 
Loretta Wittman, and John Goulde, as well as 
faculty dancers Ella and Mark Magruder and 
student Betty Skeen '07, joined with a chamber 
ensemble conducted by Dean Jonathan Green. 
Every aspect of the performance — music, dance, 
and spoken dialogue — was expressed with great 
vivacity and distinction. 

Following that performance, many students 
and alumnae gathered in Prothro Dining Hall 
for Reflections, an alumnae panel discussion 
focusing on the traditions and life of the campus 
in years past. "I have to say that the Traditions 
Panel was one of my favorite parts of the 
weekend," stated Katie Beth Ryan '08. "It was 
great just to relax in Prothro and laugh along 
with the alums as they told hilarious stories from 
their times at Sweet Briar." 

Another weekend highlight was the Boxed 
Lunch Picnic at the Boat House and the Third 
Annual Engineering Program Cardboard 
Boat Regatta, which jointly drew a significant 
crowd to the banks of the Sweet Briar Lake. One 

attendee, Caroline Chappell '09 said, "This year 
was different from last year's regatta because 
we had an environmental team competing just 
for fun." A member of the "environmental cheer 
squad," Caroline noted that although the team's 
boat, the Si* Granola, was only constructed for 
fun, they were able to make it to the finish line 
without sinking. "And it was also fun to dress 
up Dr. Alexander's [Environmental Studies] dog, 
'Legend', as our mascot," she said. 

School spirit continued through Saturday 
afternoon and Sunday for the varsity and 
alumnae athletic games at the soccer and 
field hockey fields. Tennis player Michelle 
Raymond '09 said, "I definitely enjoyed looking 
out into the crowd and seeing a vast array of 
pink and green. It was great having spectators 
from so many classes, both past and present. 
It really boosted the morale of the students 
on the court and field. The alumnae presence 
helped bring home a better sense of community 
to Sweet Briar athletics." At halftime during 
the Varsity Soccer Game on Saturday, an 
enthusiastic group of alumnae and students 
formed the number "87" for a colorful picture 
on the Babcock Athletic Field to celebrate 87% 
alumnae participation in Our Campaign For 
Her World. 

Homecoming is one of the 
greatest opportunities Sweet 
Brior offers for students and 
alumnae to come together — 
to meet, converse, share ideas 
and make connections. 
Alumnae are able to gain a 
sense of what it is to be a 
Sweet Briar College student 
today through the perspectives 
of current undergraduates, while 
students, in turn, have a chance 
to appreciate the ways in which 
one can continue to be an active 
member of the Sweet Briar 
community as a graduate. 

Alumnae/Student Sunday 
Hockey Game Lineup! 

Back Row, L-r: Sally Old 
Kitchin '76; Alice Dixon '82; 
Bee Newman Thayer '61; 
Jennifer Crispen; Maria 
Kitchin '04; Julia Drake '06; 
Kimberly Gibson '05; Casey 
Perlow '02; Sue Knouse '05; 
Beth Farnsworth '05; Grace 
Farnsworth '04 

Front Row, L-r: Michelle 
Badger '06; Misa Sarmento '02 
Ginger Tripp '05; Emily 
Pegues '00 

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Sophomores hurry to Convocation 

Saturday night was perhaps the greatest highlight of 
Homecoming 2006. The Campaign Celebration Gala was 

the event of the weekend most eagerly awaited by a majority 
of students, and definitely exceeded all expectations. Amanda 
Wisz '08 exclaimed, "I've never been to such a large-scale 
event. I really appreciated the fact that it was an event in which 
the students, alumnae, and faculty all could take part. It was 
an extraordinary experience to have such a large part of the 
Sweet Briar community in one place, for such an occasion." 
Caroline Chappell '09 felt that the Gala was very extravagant and 
beautifully done. "You could really tell that every detail of the 
event was planned seamlessly. The food was delicious and the 
band was delightful — it got everyone up on their feet." 

Amanda Strickland '09, who works as a student assistant in the 
Alumnae Office said, "I loved helping out because I was able to 
see things develop from start to finish. The weekend overall was 
just fantastic. I think everyone who participated worked really 
hard, which is why everything went so well." 

The weekend's events concluded with Sunday's Thanksgiving 
Chapel Service in the morning and alumnae soccer and field 
hockey games during the afternoon. 

Homecoming is one of the greatest opportunities Sweet Briar 
offers for students and alumnae to come together — to meet, 
converse, share ideas and make connections. Alumnae are able 
to gain a sense of what it is to be a Sweet Briar College student 
today through the perspectives of current undergraduates, while 
students, in turn, have a chance to appreciate the ways in which 
one can continue to be an active member of the Sweet Briar 
community as a graduate. 

Homecoming 2006 was "the" event of the fall semester 
at Sweet Briar and was truly a community event from 
beginning to end. 

College offices across campus 
collaborated with outstanding 
effort to make this a special and 
memorable occasion. Everyone was 
invited and encouraged to attend — 
students, faculty, staff, alumnae, 
friends of the College — and parents 
(some were able to come to campus 
w\ /#■ jf-^_ t° be a part of the festivities!). All 
lU'^UlIf /^ aspects of the College were featured 

Hit UuVlfli through a wide range of activities 

H\w v \\| including academic achievement. 

HUMI^^^fesJ^BWHBH 1 artistic talent, athletic competition, 
musical and dance performances, student leadership, and so much 

Homecoming is an annual event celebrating the past and present at 
Sweet Briar. This year was a special celebration of the very successful 
completion of Our Campaign For Her World The weekend's 
schedule of events modeled and reflected the collective nature of Sweet 
Briar and the value that each area — and each person, both current and 
past members — brings to the overall educational experience. It was a 
celebration of the resources made possible by campaign gifts to the 
College that enhance the academic programs, support the faculty, assist 
with financial aid resources, and improve campus activities and student 
life programs. 

It is your daughters for whom the total educational experience is 
intended. Events like Homecoming provide a key opportunity to remind 
us of what makes Sweet Briar the inclusive and unique community it 
is. It was a treat to watch students enjoying the weekend with their 
parents — families spending time on campus participating in the life of 
the College together, experiencing the special nature of this place. As a 
new member of the community and first-time participant in the activities 
and festivities, I experienced the living and vibrant Sweet Briar that I 
had heard about through conversations and stories and read about in 
the beautiful College publications. 

This year's Homecoming will be a hard act to follow, but I am 
inspired to make next year's as memorable, and I am optimistic that 
others will be similarly motivated. Mark those calendars for September 
2007 and "come home"! 

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Arriving guests at "Welcome to Gala Night" table 

President Muhlenfeld welcomes Gala crowd 

BOD Chairman Ginger Upchurch Collier '72: "Campaign A Success!" 

Applause for Ivana Pelnar Zaiko, VP for Development through completion 

of campaign 

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Dean Jonathan Green, wife Lynn Buck 

L-r: Professors John Gregory Brown, Carrie Brown (English, Creative Writing) 

Michela English '71, former BOD Chairman; husband Rob Quartel 

L-r: Dean of Admissions Ken Huus; Varsity Volleyball Coach Beth Huus 

2009's, L-r: Natalie Renaldo; Mary Pat Jones; Megan Bherle; Kathryn 
Brock; Brook Schulze 

Class of 2006 graduated in May, 
returned in force for Gala in 


L-r: Ann Morrison Reams '42, former Alumnae Association director; 
Louise Swiecki Zingaro, Alumnae Association director; Scott Zingaro 

L-r: Matha Mansfield Clement '48; Pam Whittaker; Mark Whittaker, 
former director of development 

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Professor Karl Tamburr (English) 
L-r: Alison Sims '09; Kathryn 
Davilli '09 

Heidi Hansen McCrory, VP for 
Development; husband Bill 

L-r: Brooke Helburn '06; Jessica 
Hopson '07; Heather Wright '05; 
Victoria Chappell '06; Suzanne 
Harvey '06 

L-r: Maurice Davis, Housekeeping; 
wife Berlina 

BIG BAND! Led by SBC's John McClenon, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry Emeritus 

Back row, L-r: Caitlin Ashley '07; Elsa Mirtelholtz '07; 
Jennifer Wolf '07; Maggie Saylor '07; Angelica 
Guarino '06. Front row L-r: Natalie Pye '07; Laura 
Schaefer '07; Rachel Reynolds '07 

2007 Class Members 

Everyone danced — and rested! 

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The impact of Our Campaign For Her World is visible across the Sweet Briar 
campus in every conceivable way. The results of the campaign: outstanding faculty 
teaching engaged students in the classroom, improved and new facilities, expanded 
scholarships to ensure the Sweet Briar experience for all interested students, new 
academic programs and initiatives, and an even stronger tradition of philanthropy 
at the College. 


■ Constructed the new Student Commons: new Prothro Dining 
Hall. Josey Dining Room, Johnson Dining Room, Burnett 
Dining Room, Crichton Student Government Suite, and the 
Grones Terrace 

■ In the ongoing initiative to create an Arts Farm at the site of 
the old dairy, renovated a second barn into an architecturally 
breathtaking Studio Arts Barn 

■ Renovated the old Water Plant (built in 1907), now reborn as 
the Environmental Education and Nature Center 

■ Created ten funds dedicated to preserving the College's historic 
physical heritage and to maintaining its facilities 

■ Funded nearly half of amount needed for the construction of 
a new Fitness and Athletics Center and renovated the Daisy 
Williams Gymnasium 


■ Established 32 new endowed scholarship funds to help make 
the Sweet Briar experience available to a broader population of 

■ Established three funds to support students in a variety of 


■ Created new fund to encourage intense student-faculty 
interaction through research 

■ Endowed six funds to support faculty development through 
scholarship and research 

■ Established two endowed professorships to benefit future 
generations of students 

■ Funded future improvements and renovations for the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library: Powell Reading Room: Smith 
Technology Center 

■ Created two funds for library resources and technology 
endowment to ensure students and faculty are prepared to meet 
the challenges of a technologically advanced world with the 
full breadth of available resources 

■ Provided important early/ongoing support for several of the 
College's newest majors and initiatives: Environmental Studies. 
Engineering, Economics and Business. Bachelor of Fine Arts. 
Center for Civ ic Renewal 

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Friends Of 
Hall Of Fame 


The Sweet Briar College Athletics 
Hall of Fame honors special 
achievements by alumnae and 
others who have been associated 
with athletics at the College. 
These individuals have helped 
bring recognition, honor, 
distinction, and excellence to Sweet Briar College 
and the intercollegiate athletics program. 

The Charter Class spans multiple decades and 
establishes the standard for future honorees. 

Inductees for 2006 are: 

Professor Emerita Harriet Howell Rogers* 

Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 

Professor Emerita Katherine "Kay" Macdonald 

Anna "Chips" Chao Pai '57 

Mildred "Bee" Newman Thayer '61 

Mary Jane Schroder Oliver Hubbard '62 

Lendon F. Gray '71 

Cannie Crysler Shafer '78 

Katherine "Katie" Hearn '85 



On the hockey field, in the Daisy 
Williams Gymnasium, in the 
riding ring, and in later years, on 
the Winton Golf Course, Sweet 
Briar students came to know 
a woman of integrity, honesty, 
absolute fairness, and above all, 
a person who cherished academic 

A Phi Beta Kappa, magna 
cum laude graduate of Mount 
Holyoke, Harriet Rogers came to 
Sweet Briar in 1 924 and taught 
for 39 years, retiring in 1963. 
It was she who encouraged 
students to raise money 
for the gymnasium built 
in 1931, who promoted 
the building of the first 
indoor riding ring at Sweet 
Briar, the Outing Cabin 
and the Boat House, and 
developed the College's 
riding program. An expert 
horsewoman even by the 
exacting standards of her native 

Kentucky, she established 
a systematic program of 
instruction at Sweet Briar which 
became nationally recognized 
in equestrian and physical 
education circles. 

Shelby French, associate 
professor, and director of 
the Riding Program, cited 
Harriet's contributions to field 
hockey, riding and pedagogy, 
saying, "I cannot think of 
anyone who has had a 
greater impact on the 
overall athletic program 
at Sweet Briar." According 
to Shelby, Harriet "initiated 
the first horse show at Sweet 
Briar and was responsible for 
the establishment of the annual 
ANRC Instructional Clinics and 
Rating Centers that are still held 
each year in May." 

Field hockey also claimed 
much of her time; she was 
instrumental in establishing it 
as a premiere sport for women 
in Virginia colleges. In the 
1950s she was one of three 
United States delegates at the 
International Field Hockey 
Federation meeting in England, 
and in 1952, she chaired 
the National Field Hockey 
Association Tournament held at 
Sweet Briar. She was responsible 
for bringing an international 
slate of clinicians to the College, 
including Constance Applebee, 
considered the founder of U.S. 
field hockey. At one time, Harriet 
Rogers had 27 intramural teams 
on a campus with an enrollment 
of 500. 

Professor Emerita Harriet Howell 

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Ann Samford Upchurch '48 


Ann Samford Upchurch was a consummate athlete and devoted 
member of the Sweet Briar community. A three-time Alabama State 
Golf Champion (1946, 1956, 1963). she won her first of three state 
titles at age 19 as a Sweet Briar College sophomore. Ann is the 
youngest champion ever, and the first to win titles in each of the three 

At Sweet Briar, she played varsity tennis, was vice president of 
the Athletic Association, and was involved with the Outing Cabin and 
the Lake Council. After graduation, she continued her association and 
support of the College, serving a term on the Board of Overseers. In 
1993, she donated the funds for the Samuel E. Upchurch Wing of the 
Connie M. Guion Science Center in honor of her late husband. She 
was named Sweet Briar's Outstanding Alumna that same year. 

The golf titles won, tournaments directed, committees served on 
are endless, but several stand out. Ann was president of the Alabama 
Women's Golf Association, the Women's Southern Golf Association, 
the Western Golf Association, and was a founder of the Birmingham 
Women's Golf Association. She served on the Women's Committee of 
the LPGA, was chair of the Western Women's Golf Association Rules 
Committee for 20 years, and was devoted to junior golf nationwide. 
Her own words probably explain this last passion. "[Golf] is the 
ultimate game of personal integrity. Golf has taught me 
more about dealing with other people and about dealing 
with myself. For the short term, you might be able to cheat for the 
moment and get by, but if you have any kind of personal ethic at all, 
you can't sleep at night afterward. Proper behavior in golf is living the 
golden rule." 

Ann is a member of the Birmingham Golf Association Hall of 
Fame, and in 1985 was the first recipient of the LBGA Leadership 
and Achievement Award. 

Moving on to yet another version of playing in the grass, she was 
for years one of the premiere breeders of Santa Gertrudis cattle in 
Alabama. Her efforts resulted in her being selected for the Alabama 
Livestock Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Agriculture 1 [all of I lonor. 

She passed away in 1996 after a valiant battle with cancer. 


In 1949, Kay Macdonald, began 
the first of 34 years of service 
to Sweet Briar College. A 1944 
graduate of the Bouve-Boston 
School of Physical Education and 
Tufts University, she received an 
M.A. from the State University 
of Iowa. Her love of physical 
education instruction, and her 
passion for communicating that 
to her students was immediately 
evident. She loved the outdoors 
and was a longtime member of 
the Appalachian Trail Club; Kay 
and SBC students were loyal 
caretakers of their section of the 
Trail for years. Her dedication 
earned her the A.T.C. Golden 
Shovel Award. 

Kay was a coach as well, 
training Sweet Briar students 
in hockey, tennis and golf. She 
was committed to bringing 
hockey to the public schools of 
Virginia, and using equipment 
borrowed from the U.S. Field 
Hockey Association, did just 
that. She held a number of 
offices in Virginia and U.S. 

hockey, including the Southeast 
Executive Committee and the 
IFWHA Tournament in 1963. 
She was a Sectional Umpire and 
was involved in team selection 
for many years and played for 20 
years for the infamous Campus 
Characters at SBC! 

Kay spent much of her time 
improving her ability to teach 
and coach, attending countless 
golf clinics and the Van der 
Meer Tennis University. She 
had a strong interest in Laban. 
and movement as well. Her 
professional involvement in state 
and national physical education 
organizations was important to 
her. and she brought back tips 
and ideas about pedagogy to her 
Sweet Briar staff. She chaired 
the department for a number of 
years and was active in advising 
and campus committees. In the 
spring of 1989. the Alumnae 
Magazine described her as "a 
doer in the most energetic 
and positive sense of the 

Born in 1922 in Putnam. 
Connecticut. Kay is now living in 
her beloved Maine. 

Professor Emerita Katherine 
"Kay" Macdonald 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 25 

Anna "Chips" Chao Pai '57 


Chips Chao Pai graduated from 
Sweet Briar in 1957, received an 
M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, 
and a Ph.D. in genetics from 
the Albert Einstein College of 
Medicine. She began teaching 
at Montclair State College 
part-time in 1969. becoming 
a full-time faculty member 
in 1972. She created courses 
in genetics and embryology 
at both the undergraduate 
and graduate level, retiring in 
1997 as Professor Emerita of 
Biology. She was instrumental 
in the development of the 
University Honors Program and 
the Interdepartmental Honors 
Seminar, so it was natural that 
as a member of Sweet Briar's 
Board of Trustees she was 
committed to seeing both the 
Honors Program and the B.S. 
degree developed at SBC as 
well. In 1994, Chips received 
Sweet Briar's Distinguished 
Alumna Award. 

Sports have always been 
an important part of her life: 
"Growing up as a child and an 
immigrant during the Second 
World War, we wandered up 
and down the East Coast before 
settling in New York City. 
Being an Asian during WW 
II in this country was not 
a pleasant experience; 
foreigners were more of a 
curiosity, and sports were 
my entry to acceptance by 
my schoolmates." 

At Sweet Briar, she played 
hockey, basketball, softball 
and lacrosse. She remembers 
being introduced to hockey, a 
new game for her, and meeting 
Constance Applebee. the founder 
of U.S. hockey. Applebee 
chastised the varsity with her 
legendary sarcasm, "Move, 
move! What are you. three- 
legged stools?" 

After Sweet Briar, Chips 
represented Livingston, NJ on 
its AAU power volleyball team, 
the Green Streaks, winning a 
regional championship, and 
playing in the AAU Nationals. 
Most of her teammates were high 
school students, and rather than 
calling her Anna, or Mrs. Pai, 
they settled on Anna Pai. Girls 
still in touch with her call her 
Anna Pai to this day. In softball. 
she convinced the women in the 
league to successfully petition 
for better fields to play on. She 
won several recreational softball 
titles, but today is limited by age 
and arthritis to golf, where she 
continues her success. In 2004. 
she won the Senior Women's 
Club Championship at the 
Montclair Golf Club. 

Chips is married to David 
Pai, a retired engineer. They have 
two sons. Ben and Mike, both 
married; two grandchildren, and 
a third due in November. 


Bee Newman Thayer was born in New York on Sept. 24. 1939. Her 
sister Ginger and her niece Trista are both SBC alumnae, and a 
second niece, Meredith, is a sophomore. 

As a child. Bee had several illnesses, including polio, but fought 
back to have a healthy active life. She always has loved the 
outdoors, and considered herself a tomboy, playing touch 
football, basketball, baseball and climbing trees with the 
neighborhood kids. She played tennis, swam and rode horses, 
both in New : Jersey and at the family farm in Amherst, VA. 

Bee attended Kent Place School, where she played field hockey, 
basketball, baseball and tennis, and in 1957 entered Sweet Briar. She 
describes "the rolling hills, the athletic programs, and a wonderful 
biology department that offered a major" and has fond memories of 
her teachers, including Jane Belcher. Elizabeth Sprague and Miriam 
Bennett. Harriet Rogers and Kay Macdonald were her coaches in 
hockey, basketball, tennis, and baseball. She remembers student 
government, long labs and her time in the library as requiring her to 
balance her time more efficiently. Especially memorable were the 
tennis trips to the Homestead to compete against Hollins on the clay 

Bee recalls working hard on stick work and drills in hockey 
practice. She says she can still hear Miss Rogers saying, "Newman, 
keep your stick down, and on the ball, then pass!" 

After graduation in 1961 and a summer trip to Europe, she started 
a job at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as ; 
research assistant. In 1963. she married Brad Thayer; they have three 
children, Emily. Bill and Chris, and five grandchildren. Their active 
lives included tennis, swimming, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and a new- 
love, golf. 

Bee has continued her commitment to Kent Place and to Sweet 
Briar, and just completed a stint on Sweet Briar's Board of Directors. 
In January 2006, her "cranky knee" was replaced with titanium. She 
says it is working quite well and she is optimistic! 

Mildred "Bee" Newman Thayer '61 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


After graduating from Sweet 
Briar. Mary Jane Schroder 
Oliver Hubbard returned to her 
hometown near Philadelphia 
for one year before returning to 
campus as the wife of Studio 
Art Professor. Loren Oliver. 
Being part of the Sweet Briar 
Community once more allowed 
her to become a member of the 
notorious hockey team, "the 
Campus Characters," which was 
made up of many of the area 
hockey coaches, continuing her 
participation in hockey games 
and tournaments for a number 
of years. She served as a 
sabbatical replacement for 
Judy McMoran as lacrosse 
coach, and participated 
in lacrosse tournaments 
to allow Virginia to be 
represented in the National 
Tournaments. She assisted 
Jennifer Crispen with lacrosse 
and says it was fun to come out 
of retirement once again. 

Over the years Mary Jane has 
continued the art that has always 
been her main focus. She gave a 
"gallery discussion" of her art for 
the Athletic Association, drawing 
a parallel between the kinesthetic 
qualities that she captures with 
what she has always experienced 
in sports, whether swimming on 
the curl of a wave or flying down 
the lacrosse field to score a goal. 
She taught art to varying age 
groups, and is now delighted to 
be in her studio full-time. 

Now Mary Jane's field sports 
are confined to watching her 
son Jasper's James River Day 
School soccer and lacrosse teams 
compete. She taught him to play 
lacrosse, but when he joined 
his school team, he had to put 
aside all that "skill and finesse" 
of women's lacrosse and learn 
to take the "hard knocks" of the 
men's came. She boasts that "the 

Mary Jane Schroder Oliver 
Hubbard '62 

James River Team had never 
won until Jasper began coaching 
and, glory, glory, he began a 
girls' team, too, which is doing 
great things. Baby Loren Oliver 
III, now nine months old, may 
one day carry 7 on this family 

Mary Jane's husband Loren 
"of 35 wonderful years" passed 
away in 1998. Today, she is 
enjoying life with new husband 
James Hubbard, who before 
they married, introduced her to 


After graduating from Sweet Briar in 1971. Lendon Gray returned 
several years later to serve as an instructor in the Riding Program for 
three years. At that time she was short-listed for the U.S. Olympic 
Eventing Team. Ultimately at age 27. she switched to dressage as her 
primary riding discipline. She has been described as a remarkable 
rider and trainer who has parlayed years of hard work, an indomitable 
spirit and a large talent into a spot at the top of the dressage world. 
Lendon has won more than 1 5 national championships and was 
a member of the USET's 1980 and 1984 Olympic Dressage Teams. 
Although she rode warm bloods in her two Olympics, the World 
Championships and the World Cup, her ponies held a special place 
in her heart, proving to the world that bigger isn't necessarily better. 
This experience also gave her direction to encourage those without 
the fanciest horses, trainers or greatest opportunities. Now while 
running Gleneden Dressage, a stable with 52 horses under her 
supervision. Lendon is extremely active with the USET. AHSA. and 
USDF. In recent years, she has taken a new direction, dedicating 
her years of experience and success in the dressage world to helping 
others follow in her footsteps. Her very popular book. Lessons with 
Lendon makes dressage seem much less intimidating. 

Since 1999 she has been the driving force behind Lendon's 
Youth Dressage Festival (formerly known as the Northeast Junior/ 
Young Rider Championships) in Saugerties. NY. The goal is to 
see youngsters rewarded for more than riding trained horses. The 
competition has three equal parts: written tests, a group equitation 
class and dressage test with multiple levels. There are other events. 
^^^^^^^^^^^^ demonstrations and contests. Each 
year numbers of foreign teams and 
individuals compete on borrowed horses. 
^»tC~^ Generous sponsors donate awards that 

have included saddles, equipment and 
training opportunities in the United States 
and Europe. The fun draws judges and 
^^ | / \olunteers. 

Lendon has served as chair oi' Sweet 
Briar's Visiting Committee for Riding. 
helping plan the program's growth while 
protecting its heritage. Director Shelhv 
French says. "She exemplifies the 
Sweet Briar woman, with a remarkable career in the 
horse world as a rider, competitor, author, instructor, 
trainer, coach and mentor. She has dedicated her life to her 
sport and to making it accessible, affordable and approachable to all 
interested participants." 

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Lendon F. Gray '71 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 27 

Cannie Crysler Shafer '78 


It is no accident that in 1978 
Cannie Crysler Shafer was the 
first recipient of the athletic 
award that bears her name. 
The Crysler Award is one of 
Sweet Briar's most prestigious, 
honoring a senior four-year 
athlete who demonstrates athletic 
achievement, service to sport and 
sportsmanship. She graduated 
with a student resume that would 
be the envy of students today. 
An art history major, she was a 
four-year letter winner in hockey, 
basketball and lacrosse, a Q.V., 
an Ass, vice president of SGA, 
Athletic Association officer, a 
Strategic Planning Committee 
member, and Admissions Guide. 

Cannie, who lives in 
Haverford, PA., is head of 
Lower School at The Episcopal 
Academy in Merion, PA. She 
has coached every sport 
and level imaginable, 
including varsity girls' 
hockey and lacrosse, JV 
girls' and boys' basketball. 
She says, "My SBC sports 
experience was built on a 
foundation I was given as a 
child at the Shipley School 
and finished shaping me. Not 
only did I love playing, but the 
whole way I think and operate 

as a school administrator is as 
if I am still on a team." She and 
husband Edwin "Win" Shafer, 
co-direct Camp Susquehannock, 
a residential summer camp 
founded by Win's grandfather. 
They have two children, 
Francie, rowing for Northeastern 
University, and Blake, who 
attends the Episcopal Academy. 
The Shafers hike, ski, golf and 
play squash. 

Among memories of her 
SBC experiences are that the 
uniforms freshman year were 
absolutely hideous. Because 
there was very little budget for 
them, the coach's mother made 
lime green, pointy-collared 
polyester shirts! Cannie recalls, 
"We were warned to take good 
care of them and at the very first 
Blue Ridge Tournament. I had 
to wash mine and left it on the 
radiator to dry and when I found 
it later, it was melted onto the 
radiator. I spent the rest of the 
season keeping Coach Hagen 
from ever seeing my back! 
Despite rules and requests, I did 
learn NOT to return my warm 
ups because I had been warned 
by upperclassmen that if you did, 
there might not be enough to go 
around next season." 


Katie Hearn graduated from Sweet Briar in 1985 with a major in 
anthropology, and from the University of Baltimore with a J.D. in 
1992. She was a two-time All- American in lacrosse and was twice 
Conference Player of the Year. In the 1980s, she held the Division 
III national scoring record in career points per game (6.00). She 
was second in goals in a single game (1 1 vs. Mary Washington), 
sixth in career goals (216), 18th in career assists (66), and sixth in 
career points (282), and received the Crysler Award in 1985. She 
was also an outstanding rider at the College. 

Associate Professor and longtime lacrosse coach Jennifer 
Crispen said of her, "Katie is without a doubt the toughest 
lacrosse player I have ever coached. There is no surrender in 
Katie Hearn." Lacrosse coach and fellow SBC team member 
Missy Ackerman '87, said, "During the period she played, 
Katie led her team to the College's all-time winning 
percentages and highest national ranking (#12)." 

After several years as a 
practicing attorney in the 
Baltimore area, Katie joined 
Struever Brothers, Eccles & 
Rouse in 1995. As development 
director, she oversaw the 
redevelopment of the historic 
Oella in Ellicott City, the Can 
Company in Canton and Clipper 
Mill, a mixed-use community 
in Baltimore City in Maryland, 
and the Ships Tavern District in 
Wilmington, Delaware. 

In her present position 
as director of leasing, Katie 
manages all commercial leasing 
in the company portfolio 
including Harbor Point, Harbor East. Brewers Hill, Clipper 
Mill, Tide Point, the Can Company, and the Foundry on Fort in 
Baltimore; American Locomotive, Rising Sun Mills, Calendar 
Mills, and the Dynamo House in Providence. RJ., and the 
American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC. 

She serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Technology 
Council, Baltimore Heritage, the Sweet Briar College Friends of 
Athletics, the State of Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code 
Advisory Council, and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of 
Baltimore's Friends School. 

In January 2006, Katie was inducted into the National Lacrosse 
Hall of Fame, Greater Baltimore Chapter. 

Katherine "Katie" Hearn '85 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Sweet Briar ROSES In Full Bloom 

College Inaugurates New Staff Excellence Awards 


Housekeeping Superintendent 
Jerry Allen listened attentively 
as President Muhlenfeld 
introduced the inaugural Sweet 
Briar ROSE Awards during the third annual 
all-campus luncheon held August 17, 2006. 

Nudging the guy next to him. he 
whispered. "Man, I'd like to win that but I 
know I never would." 

Moments later he was standing next 
to President Muhlenfeld. a S500 check in 
hand, which he need share only with his 
wife for their upcoming 35th anniversary — 
the College took care of Uncle Sam's 
portion of the bonus. 

Jerry Allen came to Sweet Briar in 
1 992 as a housekeeper. He was promoted 
in 1998 to superintendent and clearly has 
earned the admiration of his employees. 
Several of them nominated him for the 
ROSE Award for Excellence as a Team 
Member, citing his respectfulness and 
willingness to work with others. 

"It made me feel great that people 
recognize it." Jerry said. "It also reflects on 
the kind of people I have working for me." 

Three ROSE — or Recognition of Staff 
Excellence — Awards (thank Associate 
Dean of Co-Curricular Life Kelly Kraft- 
Meyer for the clever acronym) were 
presented at the luncheon, minting a new 
tradition that satisfies the Senior Staff's 
long-held desire to officially acknowledge 
the efforts of the College's staff. Although 
the students give out a Staff Excellence 
Award each year, the ROSE Awards allow 
employees to recognize each other. 

To be eligible, a staff member must 
be employed by the College for at least 
a year, and must be nominated by a co- 
worker, with the support of the nominee's 
supervisor. The three award categories are 
excellence as a team member, excellence 
in service, and making a difference through 
a bright idea. The Bright Idea Award goes 
to an employee who saves costs, gains 
efficiency, or improves customer service, 
learning environment, or external and 

internal relations through a suggestion or 

Each comes with a $500. tax-paid 
bonus. A plaque is being developed that 
will bear recipients' names and will be 
displayed on campus. 

Gloria Higginbotham was equally 
unprepared to hear her name called for 
the Excellence in Service Award, which 
recognizes service to internal and external 
customers. "I've been so busy with the 
campaign, I really hadn't given it much 
thought. It's a nice gesture and the cash 
donation is good," she said. "I believe 
it will give people the incentive to work 

Although the students give out a Staff 
Excellence Award each year, the ROSE 
Awards allow employees to recoginze 
each other. 


Jerry Allen won the ROSE Award for Excellence 
as a Team Member. Gloria Higginbotham won 
the ROSE Award for Excellence in Service. Pat 
Clements took home the "Bright Idea" Award. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 29 

Donation? A Freudian slip suggesting 
work is never far from her mind? Gloria 
has worked in the Development Office 
since 1974, and serves as office manager 
and development associate. 

The award was no surprise to anybody 
who's been around Sweet Briar for even a 
short time. Gloria's colleagues wrote that 
she is an "unlimited source of knowledge, 
facts and figures, and is selfless and 
dedicated." Indeed, almost daily one might 
hear, ''Ask Gloria, she'll know." 

Mechanic Pat Clements' reincarnation 
of two old, worn-out vehicles into a 
functioning compactor trash truck painted 
to look like new earned him the Bright 
Idea Award. Pat, who came to Sweet Briar 
in 1994 as a plumber and transferred to 
the garage in 2004, is revered for his 

"I've seen him fabricate tools and parts 
to keep old worn equipment functioning," 
wrote the co-worker who nominated him. 
"His effort with that project saved the 
College a lot of money." 

Before presenting the awards. President 
Muhlenfeld opened the all-campus 
luncheon by recapping an eventful 
past academic year. 2005-06 saw the 
implementation of the new student team 
advisory system, completion of Our 
Campaign For Her World, the hiring of 
Dean of Co-Curricular Life Cheryl Steele, 
and the introduction of Sweet Briar's first 
Homecoming Weekend. 

The College also "continued our 
upward enrollment and completed the Arts 
Barn, all while staying on course with our 
financial plan," she said. 

Admissions Dean Ken Huus iced the 
cake in his remarks. Sweet Briar increased 
enrollment by 40 percent over the past 
three years while becoming more selective 
in admissions and giving less financial aid, 
he noted. "Not many colleges do those 
three things simultaneously." 

HAPPY 101st 
HODGE '27! 

Emily celebrated 
her 101st 
birthday Friday, 
January 26th 
at her home in 
Wilmington, DE. 
Emily "constantly speaks oj Sweet Briar, 
likes to look through her yearbooks, and 
still sings the song." Paula Kirkland '06, 
Alumnae Staff, spoke with Emily by 
telephone; Emily sent good wishes to the 
Sweet Briar family 

Six Alumnae Perform 
in the Netherlands 

Six SBC alumnae were among 
the dancers performing at the 
10th Dance and The Child 
(daCi, a UNESCO organization) 
Internationa] Conference at The Hague in 
the Netherlands July 2-8, 2006. 

Dance educators and performers 
gathered for the week-long conference 
which featured the alumnae group 
performing with two children from the 
SBC Afterschool Dance Program and 
Professor of Dance Ella Magruder in her 
dance "To the Winds", an intergenerational 

Dancers from 1 6 countries gathered 
for the event which included lectures, 
workshops, and performances. 

R-L standing: Gene King Leyden '67; 
Jan Jennings.'OS; Professor Ella Hanson 
Magruder '75; Ann Green Gilbert '69. Seated: 
Casey Poore '05; Samantha Angus '05 

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thanks to alumnae 
volunteers everywhere! 

Loyal alumnae volunteer time and service to 
SBC in many ways. Special thanks are due to 
those who respond to requests from the Alumnae 
Office to represent Sweet Briar at inaugurations 
of college and university presidents across the 
nation when a campus representative cannot be 
present. Many have assumed this role. Since 
Spring 2004, 17 have donned academic 
regalia (loaned by SBC) to participate in these 
formal occasions. 

University of Puget Sound, Apr. '04 

Susan Day Dean '58, Tacoma, WA 
Chowan College, Sept. 04 

Ellie Garner-Rhodes '80, Murfreesboro, NC 
University of Florida, Sept. '04 

Dana R. Woodbury '98, Gainesville, FL 
Duke University, Sept. '04 

Sandra G. Herring '74, Durham, NC 
Middlebury College, Oct. '04 

Mariah L. McGill '02, Middlebury, CT 
Roanoke College, Oct. '04 

Fran McClung Ferguson '80, Salem, VA 
Trinity College, Oct. '04 

Margaret Davis Molander '69, Hartford, CT 
Birmingham-Southern College, Dec. '04 

Ann Bruce Faircloth Porter '86, 

Birmingham, AL 
Lebanon Valley College, Apr. '05 

Desiree Anne Petrus, Esq. '86, Annville, PA 
Wake Forest University, Oct. '05 

Brandon Holland '96, Winston-Salem, NC 
Carlow University, Oct. '05 

Nancy Gillies '64, Charlottesville, VA 
Lipscomb College, Mar. '06 

Elizabeth Lindsey '86, Nashville, TN 
William & Mary College, Apr. '06 

Lynne Gardner Detmer '68, Williamsburg, V/ 
UVA/Wise, Apr. '06 

Sheena Belcher '05, Sweet Briar, VA 

Converse College, Apr. '06 

Elizabeth Belser Kister '88, Spartanburg, SC 
University of Mary Washington, Sept. '06 

Florence Rowe Barrick '80, Fredericksburg, 
Randolph-Macon College, Oct. '06 
Sandra A. Taylor '74, Ashland, VA 

Legacy families abound in 
the Sweet Briar community. 
Many families have multiple 
alumnae in their heritage — 
grandmothers, mothers, 
daughters, sisters, cousins, great- 
aunts, and even great-great-aunts. 
All are dedicated to continuing 
the Sweet Briar Experience for 
their own daughters and for 
other young women who enter 
in the future. They do so by 
volunteering for the Annual Fund. 
Here are a few snapshots 
of alumnae volunteers in the 
Sweet Briar continuum. 

Current student Emily Vermilya '08 has many Sweet Briar relatives, including 
Elizabeth Slnvab Tate, who attended the Academy, and great-aunt Elizabeth Slnvab 
Stephen '60. Elizabeth Stephen has two alumnae cousins, Lois Wolfe Shwab '63 and 
Marie (Patsey) Carney Reed '62. 

Emily's parents. George and Dea Vermilya, are third-year members of the Parent 
Steering Committee. George and Dea knew they wanted Emily to attend Sweet Briar 
the minute they stepped onto the campus, but Emily was determined to make her own 
decision on this all-important choice. George was convinced Sweet Briar was out of the 
running. After visiting many schools, Emily agreed to at least visit Sweet Briar. Then, in 
a moment of which every parent dreams, Emily sat her dad down and said, 'T want you 
to listen very carefully because you are not going to hear this from me very often in your 
lifetime. You were right. I love Sweet Briar." 

Emily enrolled and George and Dea have been involved in their own Sweet Briar 
Experience right alongside her. Their dedication to the College is contagious as they 
share it with fellow families, encouraging them to be a part of the support system. The 
Vermilyas are cornerstones in the success of the Annual Fund. 

Wendy Weiler '71 and Donald Chappell are the proud parents of Caroline Chappell "09, 
who will be the fifth member of the family to join the alumnae ranks. Wendy's sisters, 
Patricia Weiler Theiss '76 and Pamela Weiler Colling '79 are alumnae, and Wendy's 
niece. Victoria Chappell '06. is the most recent graduate in the family. 

Wendy's level of devotion to Sweet Briar is deep and diverse. Not only is she a 
volunteer for the Friends of Art, she is a dedicated supporter of the Annual Fund. Last 
year for her 35th reunion she co-chaired the Reunion Gift Committee and 1971 won 
the Centennial Award, which recognizes the class with the largest contribution to Sweet 
Briar, in all funds, in the five years since the last Reunion. The total was a phenomenal 
S2.635.546. This year Wendy is focusing her support of the Annual Fund by volunteering 
with Donald on the Parent Steering Committee. 

Ann "Workado" Works Balderston '76 now has the pleasure of saying that her 
daughter Sarah '09 is attending her alma mater. Sarah transferred to Sweet Briar after 
a year at another college. She concluded that maybe her mother was right about Sweet 
Briar after all: she came to campus in August and is so glad she did. Sarah got involved 
in Annual Fund work this fall as an SBC Phonathon student caller, and loves it. She is 
enjoying her Sweet Briar experience so much that she is trying to persuade younger sister 
Maggie to apply. Ann, delighted that Sarah is having the grand experience she knew 
was possible, is complementing it by serving with her husband Biv as an Annual Fund 
volunteer on the Parent Steering Committee. Hard work and dedication run in the family 
and the legacy continues. 

Many thanks are owed to these volunteers for their continued support of Sweet Briar 
College through the Annual Fund. They keep the programs running, the students learning, 
and the faculty teaching. Because of their tunc, energy, and commitment, traditions are 
able to continue for their daughters and tor the students of tomorrow. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 31 

Alumnae Participate in 
Career Services Event 


Many alumnae logically may believe that the only way to stay connected to their 
alma mater is through the Alumnae or Development Offices or by participating 
in Alumnae Club events and returning for Homecoming. However, five alumnae 
prove that when it comes to staying connected to the Sweet Briar community, the 
opportunities are endless. 

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006. 12 individuals 
sat on a Government and International Careers 
Event Panel sponsored by the SBC Career Services 
Center to help current students learn about the 
many career and internship opportunities that await 
them. Occupations represented varied greatly from 
the U.S. Department of State to the International 
Republican Institute to the Office of Personnel 
Management and the Central Intelligence Agency. 

Panelist Anita Allen Spinner '00. Human Capital 
Officer for the Office of Personnel Management 
notes, "I returned to SBC because I enjoy sharing 
information with the students as they make career 
decisions. In addition, I always appreciated the SBC 
alumnae who helped me in my career and want to 
do the same for others." 

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Katie Gjeldum '02, Coordinator, Women's 
Democracy Network. International Republican 
Institute had similar reasons for attending stating: 
"I came back to Sweet Briar this year to participate 
in the International Affairs/ Government Career 
Panel mainly because of the role this event played 
for me in 2002 when I was exploring different 
career options for my major. For the first time, 
I heard someone talk about her experience in 
the Peace Corps and knew instantly this was an 
experience that I too wanted to have — a job that 
perfectly matched my interest in international 
affairs, love for travel and languages, and desire to 
'give back.' Having since finished my stint in the 
Peace Corps and started a career. I was grateful for 
the opportunity this event afforded me to have an 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

impact on someone else who is considering 
next steps." 

Anita. Katie and the other panelists spoke to 
a room filled with 45 eager students, as well as 
many faculty and staff members, on such topics 
as networking, filling out tedious government 
applications and learning the government pay scale, 
as well as what students should be doing now to be 
marketable for a position in the future. 

This event was the sixth annual Government/ 
International Careers Panel at Sweet Briar. Wayne 
Stark. Director of the Career Sendees Center, 
created this event in 2001- to develop relationships 
between students, alumnae, members of the 
community, and faculty and staff and to provide an 
environment focused on collaborating to help foster 
student success. Carolyn Brazill. Coordinator of 
Campus Student Employment Office Manager, also 
was an essential part of the evening. Carolyn helped 
send out invitations, promote the event and find 
housing arrangements for the panelists (Anita noted 

Additional panelists included: 

■ Steve Bragaw, Associate Professor of Government 

■ Tiffany Cummings, Director, International Studies 

■ Steve Eisenbraun, Editor-in-Chief, Country Reports on Human Rights 

■ Marjette Glass, Business Relations Manager, Office of Economic 
Development, City of Lynchburg 

■ Mid-Atlantic Recruiter, Central Intelligence Agency (Name withheld due to 
security issue) 

■ George Santulli, Senior Producer/Director, U.S. State Department 

■ Alison Stockdale '00, Security Specialist, U.S. Department of the Interior 

■ Jozanne Summerville '04, Naval Cost Analyst, Naval Sea Systems 

■ Rodney Taylor, County Administrator, County of Amherst 

that one of the best parts of the evening was getting 
to reconnect with Carolyn! ). 

Following the panel, students were given the 
opportunity to interact directly with the panelists 
and ask questions one-on-one. Many business cards 
were exchanged! In the future, alumnae will be 
involved with such Career Services events as the 
Natural Sciences and Environment Careers Event, 
the Educational Career Fair and the Commerce 
Event in the spring. For more information about 
SBC Career Sen ices and ways alumnae can get 
itnolved, visit: esc/. 

Have an internship opportunity 

that would be great for a current sbc student? 

A quality internship is any carefully monitored work or service 
experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals 
and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the 
experience. The experience can occur at any time; however, most 
internships are done during the summer. 

Contact : Kristin Dane Ewing 
Associate Director. Career Services Center 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 33 


Colleen Karaffa '06 

Colleen Karaffa '06 
Joins SBC Alumnae 
Office Staff 


Garry Buttner: New Director of Major and Planned Gifts 


I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Garry Buttner 
as our new Director of Major and Planned Gifts. Garry most 
recently worked as Interim Executive Director and Associate Vice 
President for the Virginia Engineering Foundation that supports 
the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of 
Virginia. While there he led the development activities of the foun- 
dation including the major gifts, annual fund, and communications 
programs. During his tenure at UVA he secured the lead gift for the 
Information Technology Engineering building and two new faculty 
chairs. Prior to UVA, he has had an extensive career in sales and 
marketing for General Electric and the Genicom Corporation, and 
served as a Financial Advisor for Cigna Individual Financial Services. 
He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Union College and an 
MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Garry joined us on November 1. He and his wife Linda live in 
Charlottesville and they have two adult daughters. 

Garry Buttner 

t is a pleasure to announce that 
Colleen Karaffa, a PBK graduate, 
English and Creative Writing 
major at Sweet Briar, began 
work in the Alumnae Office as an 
Assistant Director on November 15, 

She spent Junior Year Abroad 
at St. Andrews University, Scotland 
and as a senior was Editor-in- 
Chief of Red Clay, SBC's literary 
magazine. She received the 
Lawrence G. Nelson Award 
for Excellence in English at 
Commencement 2006. 

Colleen's responsibilities include 
serving as Assistant Editor/Class 
Notes Editor for the Alumnae 
Magazine and work with Reunion 
and with Alumnae Clubs in Regions 
Six and Seven. 

I know that you will join me in 
welcoming Colleen to the Alumnae 

Dr. Virginia "Ginger" Upchurch Collier '72 (L) and Dr. Ann Gateley '70 
enjoyed time together in Albuquerque while Ginger was there as a 
speaker at the meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of the ACP. Ann 
is residency program director in internal medicine at the University of 
New Mexico. 

Seven alumnae gathered for the August, 2006 wedding of Polly 
laggard Taylor's son Peter Taylor and Anne Galbreath '90 on 
Orr's Island, ME. L-r: Jamie Del Monte Galbreath '92; Sandy La 
Staiti Sylvia '59; Jini Jones Vail '59; Anne Galbreath Taylor '90; Polly 
Taggard Taylor '59; Erna Moore '59; Mary Boyd Davis '59 

34 • Winter 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Un/ H^i^C^vuyViZZfn^i/ 

Katherine Davis Collins 

It is with deep sadness that we 
report the death of our friend 
and colleague, Katherine Davis 
Collins. She died at her home 
July 20, 2006 following a 
courageous battle with cancer. 
Katherine worked at Sweet 
Briar for more than 20 years, 
beginning in the Admissions 
Office in the 1970s. She left 
the College for a few years, but 
returned in 1 992 as secretary to 
the assistant dean and then was 
manager of the Dean's Office 
until her departure in August 

During her illness, it was 
important for Katherine to 
share her personal experiences 
with anyone who had 
questions, providing them with 
insight and education about 
cancer. She also reached out as 
a friend to many who currently 
are battling the disease with 
support, understanding, and 
hope, all the while knowing 
that hers was incurable. A 
memorial service was held 
in the Sweet Briar Memorial 
Chapel September 15,2006. 

— Karen Summers, 
President 's Office 

Mary Frances Williams 

With sadness, we report 
the death of Mary Frances 
Williams, a beloved member 
of both the Sweet Briar and 
Amherst communities. After 91 
fruitful years, she passed away 
on December 18,2006. 

Mary Frances worked as 
part of the SBC housekeeping 
staff from 1965-1981 and 
took great pride in her work at 
the Deanery. Devoted to her 
faith, she sang in the senior 
choir and served on the Usher 
Board and Women's Auxiliary 
and Food Committee at 
Mount Olive Baptist Church. 
Proactive in her political views, 
Mary Frances also served 
as president of the Amherst 
County Voters League and 
received the Democrat of the 
Year Award in 1988. For more 
than 30 years she could be 
found working the polls during 
election time. A celebration of 
her life was held on December 
22, 2006 at Mount Olive 
Baptist Church. 

— Colleen Karaffa '06, 
Alumnae Office 

Roy E. Barbour, 1948-2006 

Roy Barbour of Madison Heights, who passed away September 
27, 2006, is mourned greatly by the College and community. An 
employee of the Sweet Briar College Grounds Department for 
25 years, 1978-2003, he was married to Susan Marie Maddox 
Barbour '91. 

He helped impact many lives with the beauty of Sweet Briar's 
campus. Sweet Briar Grounds Superintendent Donna Meeks 

remembers Roy's helpful, caring 
personality: "One of the very first 
encounters I had with Roy Barbour 
taught me a great deal about his 
character. 1 began working at Sweet 
Briar as a gardener in 1983. Back 
then, I enriched the planting beds 
with used peanut hulls from the 
Riding Center. I would shovel this 
heavy compost onto a small dump 
truck, take it to the job site and 
spread it by hand. I noticed Roy 
observing my work with a glimmer of a smile on his face. Finally, 
one day he came over to the pile where I had been laboriously 
working, stopped the tractor with the front end loader near me and 
asked, "Would you like for me to get you a load?" Embarrassed 
by the fact that I never thought to ask, I nonchalantly said that it 
would be nice. From that moment on, Roy and I worked together 
sharing ideas and methods on ways to get the job done." 

— Karen Summers, President s Office 

The President's Office is saddened to report the deaths of two 
Sweet Briar retirees: Hester Elizabeth Pendleton McCoy and 
Nelson Randolph Adams. 

Hester McCoy died July 6th, 2006. She was employed 
in the Housekeeping Department at Sweet Briar for 26 years. 
Funeral services were held July 9th at Mount Olive Baptist 
Church in Amherst. 

Nelson Adams passed away on July 7th, 2006. Nelson was 
employed for several years in the boiler maintenance department 
at the College. A funeral service was conducted on July 1 1 at 
Byrum-Parr Funeral Home. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 35 

recent deaths 


Selma Brandt 

Mrs. Selma B. Kress 

January 15, 1996 


Gertrude Anderson 
Mrs. William A. Molster 
July 2, 1997 


Serena Ailes 

Mrs. Mark C. Stevens 

September 1 6, 2006 


Mary Van Winkle 

Mrs. Charles King McClure, Jr. 

August 28, 2006 

Elizabeth West 

Mrs. Robert Etheredge 

Date unknown 


Mary-Nelson Neville 
Mary-Nelson Neville Sieman 
November 2, 2006 


Marjorie Westcott 
Mrs. John C. Mackey 
September 27, 2006 


Alice Laubach 

Miss Alice F. Laubach 

November 15, 2006 

Ann Temple 

Mrs. Elmer Dorr Samson 

November 15, 2006 


Emily Bowen 
Emily Muller 
September 27, 2006 

Dorothy Harper 

Mrs. Dorothy H. Bridgers 

December 1 1 , 2006 

Mary Holland 
Mrs. John D. Eure 
September 3, 2006 

Cecile Porter 

Mrs. Charles L. Piplar 

October 10, 2006 


Ruth Rundle 

Mrs. Lee W. Charters 

January 20, 2005 

Elizabeth Sherk 

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Prince 

Date Unknown 


Nancy McCandlish 
Mrs. Edgar A. Prichard 
September 30, 2006 


Jane Lewis 

Mrs. John E. Kingsbury 

September 1 0, 2006 


Jane Burnett 
Mrs. Perry C. Hill 
May 4, 2006 


Dorothy Myers 

Mrs. Robert P. Morehead 

November 30, 2005 

Mabel Sheldon 
Mrs. Elmer F. Francis 
October 8, 2006 

Elizabeth Whitaker 
Mrs. Richard E. Hook III 
February 12, 2006 


Betty Lynn Emerick 
Mrs. David Dethlefs 
October 16, 2006 

Anne Mcjunkin 

Mrs. Frank E. Briber, Jr. 

September 8, 2006 

Dorothy Stauber 
Mrs. Joseph McCarthy 
October 4, 2006 


Josephine Soule 

Mrs. William W. Claghom 

November 1 6, 2006 


Marguerite Brink 
Mrs. Leo Feuer, Jr. 
October 23, 2006 

Marjorie Christian 

Mrs. Richard L. Schley, Jr. 

December 1 1 , 2006 


Sara Davis 

Mrs. J. Kyle Spencer 

November 1 5, 2006 , 


Amie Willard 

Mrs. Huntington T. Block 

September 23, 2006 


Sara Ironmonger 
Mrs. Jack E. Greer 
November 14, 2006 


Barbara Bernhard 
Mrs. Herbert MacLea 
August 26, 2006 


Monica Ballard 

Ms. Monica B. Porter 

August 26, 2006 


Vivian Butler 

Mrs. James M. Scott 

December 6, 2006 


Barbara Bowen 

Mrs. H. Clay Moore, Jr. 

October 14, 2006 


Helen Gardner "Polly" Chapman 
Mrs. Fred D. Herring 
November 29, 2006 

Annabel Pagan 
Mrs. Robert V. Blakey 
November 3, 2006 


Mary McGrew 

Ms. Mary McGrew Lee 

September 6, 2006 

Joan Niles 

Mrs. James Tansey 

August 5, 2006 


Lillian Dugger 

Mrs. Lillian G. London 

October 6, 2006 


Gail Kuehner 

Ms. Gail Kuehner Rakes 

June 21, 1996 


Cara Olexo 

Miss Cara E. Olexo 

September 20, 2006 


Susan Maylor 

Miss Susan Elaine Maylor 

August 9, 2004 


Lynn McEachern 

Miss Lynn Morrison McEachern 

November 26, 2006 

If you wish to write to a member 
of the family of someone recently 
deceased, please contact the 
Alumnae Office for name and 

36 • Winter 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 





We want to spotlight alumnae who "go out and make a difference" in upcoming issues of the 
Alumnae Magazine. Please send us your nominees! 


(First) (Maiden] (Last) (Class) _ 

I am nominating this alumna for: (Check all that apply) 

D Service to the College D Service to her community □ Contributions to the lives of others 

□ Accomplishment at local/regional/national/international level 

In 200-1 ,000 words, describe how your nominee has "gone out and made a difference." 


(First) (Maiden) (Lost) (Class) 

Street address or post office box 

City State Zip 

Phone (H) Phone |W| E-mail 

Nominator's affiliation with nominee: 


Alumnae Magazine, e-mail to (www.alumnae.sbc.edul or mail to: Alumnae Office, Box E, Sweet Briar College, 

Sweet Briar, VA 24595, or Fax to (434) 38 1-61 32 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • Winter 200/ 


CJeaAs (^jla&ds ^)e<yve£aAsL&y: liolv 


As you all know, Kristin Ewing, former Class Notes Editor and Assistant Director, 
has recently taken a position in the Career Services Department here at Sweet 
Briar. She was a delightful asset to the Alumnae Office, and I hope to be as helpful 
and cheerful as she was during her time here. Allow me to formally introduce 
myself as the new Class Notes Editor. 

My name is Colleen Karaffa, and I am delighted to be an employee of Sweet 
Briar College and a member of the Alumnae Office staff. Here in the office, I'll be 
working with Nancy Baldwin to produce the Alumnae Magazine, especially with 
regards to Class Notes, and assisting Paula Kirkland with Reunion plans. I am 
from Staunton, Virginia, a quaint little town that I encourage anyone who loves 
Shakespeare, coffee shops, and historic buildings to visit. I received a B.A. in 
English and Creative Writing from Sweet Briar College in spring '06 after a lovely 
three years on campus and a junior year abroad at the University of St. Andrews. 

After reading and editing my first submission of Class Notes, I realize the 
importance of these letters. They provide an essential and delightful way to unite 
all of the SBC classes and strengthen bonds formed here on campus. Thank you 
for the work that you do to keep this communication strong and alive. 

As a member of the Alumnae Office staff, I look forward to helping you in any 
way possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need information or 
special assistance. I can be contacted via mail: Boxwood Alumnae House, P.O. Box 
E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595; email: or : fax: 
434.381 .61 32; or telephone: 434.381 .631 7 or 800.381 .61 31 . 

I am excited to be working with you and to continue to be an active member of 
the Sweet Briar community. 


Colleen E. Karaffa '06 

Assistant Director, Alumnae Association 



Send your news to the Class Secretary listed with your class. If your class 
has no class secretary listed, please send news to the Alumnae Office, 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595 (E-mail: . Classmates want to hear 
from you! 

Secretaries may submit notes for every issue of the magazine. Please see 
that your Class Secretary receives your news before the deadlines below: 


Spring/Summer '07 
Fall '07 


April 1 , 2007 
July 1 , 2007 

Class Secretaries are volunteers elected by their class and are responsible 
for the accuracy of the class notes. 

Make sure the Alumnae Office has your correct e-mail address! 
Please send e-mail addresses to: 

Ruth Will Beckh resides in Patriots 
Colony Convalescent Center in 
Williamsburg, VA. At 1 01 , she is doing 
amazingly well, doesn't look her age. 
She has some short term memory loss, 
but knows her family. She has a good 
sense of humor and participates in many 
activities including balloon tennis, crafts, 
bingo, loves sing-a-longs. Husband Karl 
died in '03 at the age of 1 01 and 6 
months after 77 years of marriage. Until 
3 or so years ago, she attended alumnae 
meetings with Faith Croker '54 and Mary 
Jane Finn. The area alumnae honored her 
at a luncheon on her 90th birthday. Notes 
from daughter Gilda B. Sherman. 


Kartharine Niles Parker 
22 Ashland St 
Boston, MA 02122 

My mother, Katharine Niles Parker, 

and father remain in the Nursing Facility 
at North Hill, in Needham, MA, where 
children, grandchildren and great- 
grandchildren visit them. In Oct. they 
became great-grandparents of their 32nd 
great-grandchild. Mom was pleased to be 
mentioned in a SBC Alumnae Magazine 
as the giver of her St. Andrews robe to a 
current student to wear at her graduation 
and then pass on. From daughter Anne 
Parker Schmalz '62. 


$<^U&~3007: 77lap 18-3,0, 0007 

I'm writing on behalf of my mother-in-law, 
Dorothy Price Roberts. Dorothy (91) 
lives independently in her cottage by the 
ocean. Although her vision is failing, she 
is as active and involved as ever! She 
maintains her lovely garden, volunteers in 
her community, church, and at the local 
hospital. She's a proud grandmother of 
3 boys, great-grandmother of 2 girls and 
1 boy (4th on the way). Dorothy keeps 
abreast of current affairs and readily 
offers opinions about politics, world 
events, sports events, etc. She's truly a 
life-long learner! From Polly Roberts, M.D. 

Mary Haskins King 
501 Kimberly Drive 
Greensboro, NC 27408-5012 

Julia Mills Jacobsen 
4416 Edmunds St, NW 
Washington, DC 20007-1117 

It's Halloween, and I really screwed up 
this time. I read the notes you sent a 
couple of weeks ago and saved them in 
cyberspace. I just found them hiding in 
another program. 

I'm sorry that I'm very poor at 
keeping up with classmates. Buzz and 
I attend graduations, weddings, etc. 
of our grandchildren and travel a bit. 
Summer in Canada as we've done for 50 
years. Always love to hear about friends 
from SBC, but never do anything about 
it. Thank you for keeping us in touch. 
Franny Estes Seibels 

Dear Julie: Sorry to hear you haven't 
been well. Same here and still limping; 
however, I try to see the children who are 
scattered from across the country. I live 
near Carol and family, Erie, PA. I spent 
a few weeks with Libby in Eureka, CA, 
and tomorrow will join Carol and Joe who 
are going to Amer. U. to see daughter 
Claire. I'll spend a couple of weeks with 
Philip in McLean, VA at the Ashby Bdg., 
Apt. 701 . 1 hope to see you there, but I 
don't drive and will make arrangements 
to see everybody. Please visit me if 
possible. Best wishes for a happy spring. 
Antoinette Lebris Maynard 

Dear delinquent (that's me, Julie)! 
You're great to do this. I didn't get 
anything about the Golden Stairs. 
Don't know what you're talking about. 
Therefore, I didn't send money or 
whatever. I'm living happily in Salem, 
VA with my husband of 1 8 months, 
Luke Waldrop. I brought him to reunion 
last year. We have 9 children, 19 
grandchildren and 2 greats. With several 
birthdays monthly, it's difficult to keep up, 
but we're managing. We went to Belgium 
last Feb. to a wedding. Luke and family 
kept a foreign student her senior year in 
h. s. here in Salem. They're very close, 
and her daughter got married. We spent 
the night in a castle where the reception 
was and it was quite an experience. 
Then we traveled France. We're going 
back again in Aug. as the son is getting 
married and they want us to attend his 
wedding. Who knows where we'll end up 

38 • Winter 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

this time! We go VA Beach now and then, 
but live here most of the time. Addendum 
from Dickie: It (Reunion) was GREAT. 
Loved seeing you and everybody. Luke 
had a good time too. Am sending you my 
pics. I don't have digital so have to send 
them by envelope. Be on the lookout. 
Love, Dickie 

Good to hear from you. Sorry about 
your scooter, but hope you'e doing fine 
now. Luke and I have been on the go, 
living out of a suitcase. Went to Belgium 
in Aug. to a wedding, had a great time, 
then spent 5 days in Amsterdam. Took 
side trips to Vollendam, Markin, The 
Hague, and others, lots of fun. I had done 
the same trip in 1947 when I was in 
Paris for that year. I had pictures of me 
and Wheats Young in Vollendam in Dutch 
costume. Did the same thing this time. 
The place hasn't changed a bit. I showed 
my pics to the people and they couldn't 
believe it. Then Luke's granddaughter 
got married in Lexington, KY, Oct. 7th. 
We went and while there went also to 
Keeneland races. Won some, lost some, 
and ended up even! Then went to St. 
Simons Island to a reunion of Luke's 
friends and his first wife who went to 
Mary Baldwin. So there was the SBC 
gal thrown in with Mary Baldwin. My 
daughter Talbot a MB grad, sent me a MB 
sweatshirt to wear so I wouldn't feel out 
of place! Next we went to Vera Beach, 
FL to visit old friends. Now we're home 
to stay for a long time I hope. I'm getting 
too old for all this. Sometimes I wake 
up thinking, "Where in hell am I?" Still 
remember the fun we had at our 60th. 
Best love, Dickie 

Dear Julia, how nice to hear from you 
and don't we LOVE e-mail! Not too much 
news here. Henry and I are mighty lucky 
to have 2 of 4 boys living in St. Pete and 
the rest living in FL and GA right now. In 
the future who knows! Henry has AMD 
and doesn't drive anymore, rides his bike 
with the St. Pete Bicycle Club 20 mi every 
Sat. Also rides to the gym with a precious 
young friend. I get to play tennis 3 times 
a week with forgiving friends! Every Sun. 
we attend First Methodist Church, which 
has a beautiful columbarium that we 
were instrumental in helping to install. 
Rather selfish of us! Hilda Chapin and I 
talk ever so often. Dale Sayler Morgan 
visited last week. Doing Meals on Wheels 
the past 33 years, Salvation Army One- 
Stop center monthly, new for our church 
to do. It provides mail boxes and lockers 
for the homeless. Best wishes to all, 
especially to you and Mary for your help 
to our class. Julia: do hope you're ok after 
your falls. Love, Wyline 

From Perk: Thank you for keeping the 
remnants of '45 in touch. I'm recovering 
from a hip replacement, off the cane and 
no pain, ready to go again! I wonder how 
many classmates have had to replace 

body parts. I have 5 grandchildren 
attending UVA, keeps me connected with 
the youth of today. It also tells me how 
different our college days were during 
those war years. Again, thank you for 
keeping us in touch. My granddaughter, 
Julia Mary Louise Jacobsen drove me to 
SBC to do the evaluation of the Science 
Teacher Training Program. She thought 
it was the most beautiful campus she 
had seen, and she has visited at least 
1 1 others. After 9 years in a girls school 
she wants to go coed. After 57 years of 
marriage I still would have liked separate 
bathrooms. I wanted to make it back for 
the celebration for the completion of the 
$100,000,000 campaign, but couldn't 
walk that well. I heard several of us were 
there, Peggy Jones Wylie for one. 

Zu wrote Mary Hawkins King that 
she sent me an e-mail. I never saw that 
one. She's slow to learn the computer. 
Don't give up; I do it with 1 hand. They've 
given up skiing, but walk daily, keep 
up with bridge, piano, church, children, 
grandchildren and appreciate being as 
well as they are. 

Mil Carothers Healy & Bill have 9 
great grandchildren. All of the children, 
grands, and greats visited in Jun. She 
said they're not as active as they used to 
be Hedy Edwards Davenport has been 
busy with grandchildren's weddings, 5 in 
the past few years. 2 great-grandchildren 
and 1 to come. She has traveled some 
music festivals, Spoleto and Aspen; a 
trip thru the Panama Canal and Costa 
Rica last winter. She remembers the 
fun we had at the 60th (I have pictures 
I am trying to put on the internet or 

Mary had a letter and I had a phone 
call when I was out of town from John 
Gill, Elene Essary s husband. Elene has 
Parkinsons and can no longer walk. She 
has good care at home, is on the 1st 
floor. The nurses can wheel her out on 
the porches. The Gills have 4 children 
and 8 grandchildren. 3 of the children 
work at H. A. Gill & Sons, the family Real 
Estate business, 1 1 8 years old. (This is a 
rarity in Washington.) Their 4th child is in 
nursing school in MA. 

On Behalf of Mary Haskins King and 
myself, thank all of you and keep your 
news coming. 

Julia Mills Jacobsen 

PS. I think Perk's idea of a survey of 
our replacement body parts would be 




Ann Morrison Reams 

771 Bon Air Circle 

Lynchburg, VA 24503-1245 

$eu*Uo*i 2007: .V,.,. 16-3,0, 2007 


Catherine S. Parker Silverman 
Monroe Village Apt E 118 
1 David Bainberg Dr 
Monroe Township, NJ 08831 


Mrs. Pierpont B. Buck 
Alice Lancaster 
Covenant Hill Farm 
9357 Covenant Hill Lane 
Marshall, VA 20115-9701 


Frances Fleming Bailey Brooke 
405 Jackson Avenue 
Lexington, VA 24450-1905 

Mary "Polly" Vandeventer 


955 Harpersville Road 

Newport News, VA 23601-1085 

I am sorry to report the deaths of 3 of 
our classmates: Ruth Carroll Gibson 
Margot Sibley Lewis, and Marguerite 
Brink Feuer. Our love and sympathy 
goes to their families. 

Thanks to you who responded to 
my uninspiring "penny postal" plea for 
your news. The 1 st person to write was 
Ellie Clement Littleton from Martha's 
Vineyard (Styron Country). She and 
several others have, so I will combine their 
eyewitness reports about Betsy Gurley 
Hewson and Tom's 60th anniversary 
celebration at Martha's Vineyard. Bride 
and groom weren't there! Tom broke 
his leg celebrating the event earlier in 
Bermuda. Anne Hill Edwards, the 
Littletons, the Hewson s daughter Joan, 
brothers, sisters, adorable grandchildren 
were aboard. Bea Dingwell Loos writes 
interestingly: "Tom has been almost totally 
blind for 25 years, the result of diabetes 
but continues intellectual pursuits. He 
has computerized the books of several 
communities and invented a "machine" 
that quickly detects diabetes. He was 
also involved in the development of an 
instrument that draws blood from the eye 
should a blood vessel burst to prevent the 
resulting blindness. Congratulations, Tom! 
I hope Ben and I got that halfway right! 
Ellie wrote that she saw Joan Darby 
West at Martha's Vineyard where she 
and John visited daughter Betsy who lives 

there. They had a nice visit, spoke of the 
"joys" of old age! Joan and Clifton just 
had their 6th grandchild. Sister-in-law Lil 
West Parrot is doing well, keeps busy. 
Her daughter, a single mom, is living 
with Lil along with her 2 boys. Youngest 
daughter lives in Paris with 3 children. 
Good to hear from Lil, my longtime 
suffering music major chum. 

The Big Five who attended our 
60th were: Bea Dingwell Loos 
Helen Murchison Lane Anne Hill 
Edwards Ade Jones Voorhees. and 
Jean Love Albert. They had a ball and 
congratulated each other on good looks 
and vitality! Bea plays golf and tennis, 
works real hard at golf so she can play 
with avid golfer husband Dick. They 
have lived in the DC area for 58 years, 
but are seriously considering a move 
to a retirement home in Williamsburg. 
They have a daughter in that area. Bea, 
Ade. Boots Taylor Hollo well Renie 
Ashby Dashiell Candy Greene 
Satterfield Wheats Young Call, 
Anne Hill Edwards and I met for 
lunch in Gloucester for a mini-reunion. 
(Mary Perk Traugott Brown '45 and 
Marjorie Davidson Rucker '51 joined 
our '46 group.) We enjoyed each other 
while Wheats bounced all over taking 
pictures! Bea brought a magazine about 
Jacksonville with guess who on the cover: 
Helen Murchison Lane! She looks like a 
queen! I hope you all saw the impressive 
item in 1 of the SBC publications. If not, I 
am enclosing it here. 

Helen Murchison Lane: "A beloved 
and honored civic leader, Helen's regard 
for Jacksonville, Florida, is rivaled 
by her abiding love of Sweet Briar 
College, where she has been honored 
as 'Outstanding Alumna.' Her loyalty is 
mirrored in her continued involvement as 
a volunteer and her generous financial 
support. A former Board member and 
current member of the Development 
Leadership Council, Helen has continued 
to be a leading donor, recognized by 
the Silver Rose Society and Williams 
Associates. She has made substantial 
additions to previous gifts: the Lane 
Scholarship Fund and improvements 
in and around the Murchison Lane 
Auditorium. The latter will reinvigorate 
the arts on campus by renovating 
Babcock into a dedicated performing 
arts center." Murch's private news: her 
twin granddaughter trained at Quantico 
to be a Marine after both graduated from 
Colby College in Maine. 1 of them. Emma. 
decided against the choice and now 
teaches English to natives in Senegal, 
Africa. Helen finished training at Quantico 
as a 2nd Lt.. will go to flight school in 
Mar. (Pensacola) for Navy Pilot training. 
"I am proud of them both, though I 
would not have chosen what they are 
doing. Needless to say, I expressed very 

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Winter 2007 • 39 

emphatically my thoughts on their plans 
to no avail. I feel sure many of you know 
what I mean." We are proud of our fellow 
classmate. She has certainly put '46 on 
the SBC map! 

Sally Bubb Bruch writes from 
Muncy, PA: she and Jack are reasonably 
well, Jack will have neck surgery in Nov. 
Summer activities included ABA trip to 
a ranch in WY, trip to Lake Saranac in 
NY. Polly Pollard Kline from Richmond 
recently celebrated a grandson's wedding 
at their beach cottage at Sandbridge 
(near VA Beach). They had a big crowd 
for the rehearsal dinner. (Polly, I can't 
read your writing — was that 30 or 80 
guests?) She has 2 sons in OR and 
the other 6 "kids" are in VA. There are 
7 grandchildren ages from 26 to 2. 
"The 2 yr old boy is everybody's joy. 
I don't drive anymore. I stopped for 
the good of mankind." Cholly Jones 
Bendall lives a quiet peaceful life on 
her farm in Yanceyville, NC. Her 2 young 
grandchildren live across the creek from 
her. They spend a lot of time together. 
She reads, knits, and tends to her 
flowers, veggies, and 6 acres of grass! 
She recently attended an exciting lecture 
at Chatham Hall by Benozir Butto, the 
former Prime Minister of Pakistan. (A 
great life, Cholly — down on the farm 
with Pakistan lecture right down the 
road!) Joan Morse Gordon writes from 
Pittsburgh that daughter and husband 
have moved from Boston to work at 
Vanderbilt in Nashville. They are in Green 
Hills. They would welcome any Sweet 
Briarites. Joan swims, does yoga and 
is a docent at Carnegie Museum of Art. 
(I hope you all read her delightful book, 
The Road Taken.) Ellen Robbins Red 
visited in Montreat, NC. She loves the 
Blue Ridge Mountains, "reminds me of 
SBC." Her brother has a summer home in 
Boulder, CD where she visits every year. 
She enjoys Carolina birds, cold weather, 
and foliage. She bought a book on trees 
and is learning about many new ones 
"sourwood is 1 of them — spectacular! 
The hurricane last year didn't hurt me. 
Murch (her roommate) called to see if 
all was well with me. I loved that." Ade 
Jones Voorhees from Merry Point, VA 
still cuts grass, pulls weeds. She and 
Coerte enjoy grandchildren's soccer 
games, violin recitals, prom dresses, 
and "gourmet delights" from an almost 
Cordon Bleu graduate. They had a grand 
60th anniversary cruise around the Baltic 
Sea in Sept. 

Lynn Hannah Crocker writes, "Ken 
and I still enjoy our home in sunny FL. 
We love traveling, gardening, walking the 
beach, canoeing on the lake in front of 
our house. Our children, Camilla (Cami) 
Crocker Wodehouse 71 and Constance 
(Coni) Crocker Betzendahl 75 are 

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surprising us with a 'mystery' trip abroad 
to celebrate our 60th, Nov. 16th! Coni, 
the artist, prepared an elaborate pre- 
trip scrapbook, each page giving clues 
for our destination. Several weeks ago 
Cami, living just blocks away, delivered 
the book with a single page. We continue 
to get 1 each week. So far, we know we 
are headed 'south, need a passport, no 
money necessary.' All very exciting! We 
are proud new owners of our 4th West 
Highland white terrier. Each has lived 1 5 
years, so I guess we have 1 4 more to 
go. We are very much involved with the 
Guardian Ad Litem program, representing 
abused, abandoned, or neglected children 
in the court system. It is a most rewarding 
experience. Best wishes, good health, and 
happiness to all of my classmates." 

I'm living at a very nice retirement 
house in Newport News. Daughter 
Liza lives in Alexandria, works in the 
Development Office at the Virginia 
Episcopal Seminary. (If there are any 
Episcopalians among you, join the 
Seminary, keep the great future ministers 
a-going!) Son Rob, wife Melina, daughter 
Grace, son Joe live in my ex-house. Rob 
is a lawyer. They are as busy as all your 
families are. Were we ever that busy? 
Renie Ashby Dashiell and Candy 
Greene Satterfield recently moved from 
Norfolk to VA Beach into the Westminster- 
Canterbury Retirement Home. They have 
a beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay. 
All for now — hope I haven't made any 
boo-boos, sometimes your handwritings 
are hard to read! Just keep writing when I 
call on your next year! 

Love to all. 


Linda McKoy Stewart 
18 0sprey Lane 

Rumson, N J 07760-1821 

tf&cnicv 3007: T/lay 18-3,0, 3,007 


Mrs. David P. McCallie 
Maddin Lupton McCallie 
1508 Edgewood Circle 
Chattanooga, TN 37405-2435 

Classmate Martha Mansfield Clement 

was honored in the recent issue of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine as the 
Distinguished Alumna at Commencement 
in May. 20 classmates, her 5 children, 
many friends attended, and there was 
much publicity. Realizing this news won't 
be in your mail boxes until summer '07, 
we scurried about to make a few phone 

calls to see what is going on with you. 
It has been fun to talk with classmates 
and realize that many are using walking 
canes, are shaky in writing letters, do 
not drive anymore, can't hear well, are 
a bit forgetful, have been through many 
joys and sorrows and live in retirement 
homes; each seemed excited over a 
chance to reminisce about our class. 
Our energetic class president did not 
have as much time to talk as usual; she 
was packing for Williams Coll. to see a 
grandson play collegiate football. She 
described being elbow deep in pumpkins 
at church in Alexandria where Audrey 
Lahman Rosselot, Nancy Vaughn 
Kelly and she raised money for worthy 
causes. Nancy and husband Dan Kelly 
promoted the Center Pole Foundation and 
Kelly Foundation where they fed 1 ,000 
families, helped teach business skills, 
college preparation, and build energy 
efficient straw bale houses on the Crow 
Indian Reservation in Montana. Virginia 
Wurzbach Vardy lives in the same 
Goodwin House, a retirement residence in 
Alexandria with Audrey. 

I have complained in earlier letters 
about the long, newsy letters in the tiniest 
of handwriting from Closey Faulkner 
Dickey. Suddenly it dawned on your 
scribe that she had not received any such 
communiques in several years. What had 
happened to the fascinating, energetic 
Dickey family? Somehow Closey's name, 
addresses for her 2 residences slipped 
through the crack and she did not get 
any mail from SBC. Here are notes on a 
phone call with Closey as she and Whit 
settled for the winter at their Lebanon, NH 
home, Hardy Hill. At summer home in Mt. 
Desert Island, ME, they had visits from 
their 5 children, some sailing with their 
Captain on their yacht. Closey has had all 
sorts of major surgical procedures, claims 
to have 5 major chronic diseases, but 
is doing fine in spite of all. The Dickeys 
delight in the abundance and beauty of 
the natural world around them and now 
have a frisky female golden retriever to 
keep them on their toes. On a recent visit 
back home to Richmond Closey visited 
Sally Smith Williams (who looked 
wonderful), had a conversation with 
Marguerite Rucker Ellett who shares 
news from Helen Pindar Withers about 
their shared grandchildren. 

Martha Davis Barnes 
enthusiastically reports from Atlanta; 
an Intergenerational Hostel trip with 
grandson (9) to Copper Canyon, Mexico, 
"more spectacular than Grand Canyon," 
and a 1st train ride for her guest. Martha 
reports Rosemary Gugert Kennedy has 
moved to smaller house in New Orleans. 
We were saddened that her daughter's 
malignancy has returned. Sally Davis 
Spencer is very ill and that Tee Snider 

Martin has a chronic illness, both in 
Columbus, GA. 

From Augusta, Mary Barrett 
Robertson tells of chronic back problem, 
but still plays bridge and keeps up with 
Colonial Dames activities. She lives in 
the house where she was born some 
70++ years ago. Diane King Nelson 
had a good time in NY with friends from 
Shreveport. She has 2 grandsons living 
nearby, a source of pleasure. Diane 
has phone visits with Felicia Jackson 
Burns in Gainesville, GA where Felicia 
keeps busy helping daughter Susan with 
her 4 boys, triplets (14) and sibling (13). 
Diane corresponds with Betsy Plunkett 
Williams, reports well in Norfolk. 
Suzanne Hardy Benson and Cam have 
a new address and phone number in 
Augusta, but I haven't yet talked with her. 

In Chattanooga I saw classmate 
Martha Owen Thatcher at our prep 
school Founder's Day luncheon; she 
is still interested in bridge and church 
choir. A call to Helen Elliott Stockwell 
(Twink) interrupted her while putting on 
a cocktail dress to attend a benefit gala in 
Huntsville with husband Warren. Daughter 
Helen Holmes, whom we met at reunion, 
lives in a home next door, another lives 
an hour away. Son Steve travels across 
country, bicycled on the West coast as we 
talked. Twink sees our May Queen Bess 
Pratt Wallace at monthly meetings of 
the Antiquarian Society (sounds timely?). 
Finally chatted with Peggy Sheffield 
Martin who moved in Aug. to her new 2 
story town house complete with elevator, 
many friends in nearby houses, Peachtree 
shopping, attractions nearby. Peggy tells 
of daughter Lisa who developed lupus 
in her early 20's and received a kidney 
from late father Tom, now has had a 2nd 
kidney transplant, doing fine. Peggy made 
2 trips to The Patch in '06: 1 honored 
Martha, 2nd was for SBC Homecoming 
in Sept. to celebrate the success of the 
capital campaign. (It raised $10 million 
above the planned goal!) She said our 
college did a wonderful job handling the 
1 ,200 who came back for the weekend. 
(300 had attended the year before.) 
Peggy mentioned that she hears many 
comments whenever she is in Highlands 
for summer visits about the house and 
garden of Martha Sue Skinner Logan 
and Robert in nearby Cashiers, NC, prais 
for their dedicated community service. 

To close, here are some notes from 
the Clan McCallie. Our 2 middle school 
granddaughters have been agitating to 
allow female members of the family to go 
on the "Men's" camping trip. Accordingly, 
my David and 3rd son Jack planned 
the weekend campout, gathered the 
pots, pans, cookware, tested menus. 42 
family members (and significant others) 
accepted, packed tents, sleeping bags, 

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mufflers, mittens, other gear for camping 
in the reserved group camping site near 
Andrews, NC, the Nantahala River, and 
Joyce Kilmer forest. There was a nice 
hotel some 1 miles back in town where 
David's sister, Ellen Cochrane (90), your 
scribe, other sissies stayed at night. 
Marvelous campfires, antique apple 
pie in Dutch oven, 45 lb pork loin roast 
over charcoal, biscuits, lots of things 
remembered were the order of the Oct. 

Please write me at Christmas time so 
we will have news for next year! 

Cheers! Maddin 


Catherine "Bunny" Barnett Brown 

4 Pippins Way 

Convent Station, NJ, 07961 

Walter and I had a great time visiting 
campus for Homecoming last Sept. The 
big event celebrated the successful 
fund drive that raised more than $110 
million, quite a few for a school of our 
size. SBC looked beautiful. We enjoyed 
seeing classmates: Caroline Casey 
Lindemann Judy Easley Mak Kitty 
Hart Belew Ann Eustis Weimer Mary 
Fran Brown Ballard and Don. Mary 
Fran's program "Memories of the 40s" 
was at 1 p.m. in the Bistro — don't these 
young people realize most of the '40s 
group retire before 10 p.m.? 

We missed the gala dinner Sat. night, 
a spectacular event under a huge tent, 
drove to Roanoke instead for lunch with 
cousin Alice Trout Hagan and her 3 
daughters, 2 of whom are SBC graduates, 
Lisa Hagan 79, Ellen Hagan '81 . 

The Alumnae Office notified me of 
Nell Boushall Steed's death last Feb. 
We send our sympathy to her family, 
and to Ann Fiery Bryan and Mary 
Louis Stevens Webb, who lost their 
husbands of many years. Communities 
(Charlottesville and Charleston, SC) where 
they served for so long and families will 
sorely miss Dick and Rutledge. 

Mary Louis Stevens Webb had 
a difficult year. She and Rutledge sold 
their house on Tradd St. and moved to a 
smaller place, enjoyed it for a while until 
Rutledge needed more care. They moved 
again to Bishop Gadsen Retirement 
Community, where Goodie Geer DiRaddo 
and Joe (among other friends) live Sadly, 
Rutledge's condition got worse; he died 
2 weeks before the wedding of son 
Rutledge, Jr. After all that, Stevie had 
a fall and re-broke her hip. "It is taking 
forever to heal this time," she says. 

Peggy Cromwell Taliaferro writes 
of 1st visit to New Orleans last summer. 
She enjoyed the French Quarter in full 

swing, was shocked at the damage 
from Hurricane Katrina. She noticed 
remarkable spirit and determination 
of residents to rebuild. She sees Judy 
Baldwin Waxter and Bill regularly. 
Though they don't play tennis anymore, 
they do take long walks and discuss 
improvements for the environment. 

Sally Ayres Shroyer says she and 
Lou are happy to be "alive and well." Lou 
(87) is still ambulatory despite balance 
problems. Sally has had 3 TIAs over the 
past 5 yrs and has "reinvented" herself. 
She is a real "goof-off." For those of us 
remembering Miss Hopkins, Sally reports 
she celebrated her 95th birthday on Oct. 
4! She is healthy, though her memory is 
failing a bit. Son Whit (Sally's step-brother) 
is a Republican pollster in Washington, 
appears on TV and National Radio. 

Preston Hodges Hill, Gene, and 
family celebrated Gene's 80th birthday 
last summer in Aspen. Gene is now off 
chemo and radiation to try to relieve leg 
pain from prostate cancer treatment. Pres 
doesn't mention her recovery from back 
surgery last yr; I assume she is well. The 
Hills spent several days with Katie Cox 
Reynolds and Phil in Hartford, CT, after 
attending the graduation from Andover 
of their granddaughter, Alyssa Hill, and 
later had a nice visit in Denver from the 
Bannards, Yorke and Ann Henderson 
Ann recently had an exhibit in Tucson 
of her latest sculptures. Her newest are 
"Conduit Critters" (some bigger than 
their creator) made from PVC pipe, 
enameled in bright colors. Coverage and 
photos were extensive. The bugs looked 
very exotic in a natural outdoor setting. 
I wanted the green praying mantis, but 
another buyer beat me to it! 

Alice Hagan is busy in Roanoke trying 
to extricate herself form doing too much. 
The garden club won't let her go, she is 
an independent member of "The Shakies" 
(Shakespeare Club). She is excited about 
her grandson Tom Hagan who, right after 
his graduation from UVA was snapped 
up by the Pittsburgh Pirates, a famous 
baseball team, which is pretty low in the 
national league standing. Now they have 
Tom, this may soon change! 

Patsy Davin Robinson will spend 
Thanksgiving in NY with daughter Davin 
and family, Christmas in FL with Sandy 
and his wife. 

Larry Lawrence Simmons and 
Charles repeated their AL trip, a rainy 
disappointment the year before (I hope 
they gave you a rain check Larry!). This 
time the weather was much better, loved 
it. They are busy planning a Caribbean 
cruise for Thanksgiving week with Susie 
(youngest) and family, will also be in NYC 
in Dec. for the off-Broadway opening 
of a play written by Dee Dee (her 2nd). 
"Strings" will run from mid Dec. to mid 

Walter and I sold our big, old 
house after 45 years (Katie, we tie you 
on longevity), moved to a townhouse 
development nearby. We have plenty of 
room for our furniture, had an elevator 
installed since it's on three levels. Partly 
because I had both knees replaced last 
spring in FL, Walter has been having 
some heart problems. When we go to 
bed, we hop aboard and say: "3, 2, 1 , 
blast off!" as we soar up into outer space! 
Actually, our children insisted we go south 
while they did all the work of moving out 
and moving in, saving us hard work and 
trauma. They welcomed us home in the 
spring with a family dinner, ready-made 
beds! Aren't kids great? 

Sally Melcher Jarvis heard from 
Beth Jansma Gorter who has now had 
a total of 3 new hip joints. She says she's 
counted and assures us she only has 2 

Alice Dulaney Sheridan is still 
working at All-State Realty. She attended 
the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, visited 
her sister in Florence this summer. 


Patricia Halloran Salvadori 
9 North Stratford Road 
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 

Ann Belser Asher published her 1st 
novel, Four Mile Tree, A Jamestown 
Legacy. A historical novel of James River, 
VA, it concerns major events from 1607 
to 1993. Do we have any other novelists 
in the class? 

Barbara Favill Marshall contacted 
me this summer looking for Judy 
Campbell Campbell. Both graduated 
from North Shore Country Day in 
Winnetka, IL. Barbara left SBC sophomore 
year to pursue musical studies elsewhere. 
She has been extremely active in the 
Chicago music world for years. 

I received a note from Emma 
"Stokie" Kyle Kimpel and spoke to 
Diana Dent. Both are happy in their 
respective retirement homes. 

This summer Lola Steele Shepherd 
and DeeDee visited Jane Lewis 
Zollicoffer in her new "cottage" in a 
retirement community, Raliegh, NC. 
Jane recently left Henderson, NC where 
she lived for many years. Lola writes 
that Jane "was the big gun behind 
the building of a new 2 story library" 
there. Lola has caught up with Louise 
Moore who moved into an apartment in 
Lexington, VA. Lou is "looking very, very 

Anne Peyton Cooper and Jim 
went on a Mediterranean cruise in Aug. 
They landed in Heathrow an hour or 
so after the threat of liquid explosives 

on American planes! Although the 
airport was in "a state of utter chaos," 
the personnel were calm and got 
Anne and Jim through to their Cunard 
reps and baggage. Anne reports: 
2nd granddaughter arrived in '06, 
granddaughter Nancy married in Aug., 
'06 "treated us well." How many great 
grandmothers do we have? 

In Jun., I went to Louisville, KY to 
attend my 60th h. s. reunion. Mario and 
I took a trip to Charleston/Savannah in 
Oct., our first visit to the area. We enjoyed 
it very much. We were real tourists! As 
you notice the class news is scarce. 
Postcards will be inserted in this issue 
of the Alumnae Magazine. Please return 
them with your current news even if you 
have not published a novel! 


Mrs. William E. Katz 

Martha Legg Katz 

11 Sunset Rd 

Weston, MA 02493-1623 

P^o^c:, 0,007: Tflag 18-0,0, 0007 

Dear people of '52 vintage, this is my 
last hurrah as your correspondent; my 
term expires with the spring '07 Reunion. 
I've enjoyed the contacts renewed with 
so many of you. The memories of the 
good people and good times give such 
pleasure now. Please stay connected! 

Here's the news, in no order 
whatsoever: Bill and I visited Betsy 
Wilder Cady in her smashing enlarged, 
renovated house, Westport MA, a 
wonderful part of the shore near Rl. We'll 
bring the lunch if she'll let us come again. 
She was off to FL to celebrate grandson's 
(3) birthday with a caterpillar cake. 

Nancy Lammel Hartmann and 
Bruce visited Dracula's castle while on 
trips to Hungary and the Balkans. Trips 
to Sweden and AK fit into their itinerary 

Jane Ramsay Olmsted reports 
no replacement parts to date, looks 
forward to Reunion. Florence "Floppy" 
Fitch Patton climbs ever higher in 
the executive ranks of the D.A.R. and 
will have a national office as of Jul. 
'07. GO FLOPPY! Kitchie Roseberry 
Tolleson says no excitement, but she 
DID visit Prague with an old friend who 
re-inherited 37 Czech estates when the 
communists left. She took all her and 
Roy's children and grands to Tuscany. 
She sees Dee Dee Bell Lyon and 
says that she loves her spot in the VA 
Mountains, remains an accomplished 
horsewoman Donna Robinson Cart has 
been traveling with her large family to the 
Bahamas and a cruise to South America 
for Walter and herself. (I should think so! 

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Winter 2007* 41 

I let my kids come home for holidays and 
don't take them anywhere at all!) Millie 
O'Neal Palmer reports that David is 
taking all the family (1 8 of them) to Kenya 
for Christmas in a game park. May 19, 
Reunion date, is her birthday. Happiness 
and love to her over there from all of us 
here! Polly Plumb deButts published a 
piece in the Washington Post about their 
spectacular trip to Russia. She's pleased 
to be a published author. She's still 
"guiding" in D.C. 

Jeanie Caldwell Marchant alohas 
from the islands and is forever hiking, 
this time to England's Lake Country and 
Hadrian's Wall. Next to Cinque Terra, Italy 
(my favorite part of my favorite country, 
but I've found it to be less exerting by 
boat) Why not hike the mountains of VA at 
about reunion time? 

Pat Beach Thompson is active 
in the Herb Society of America and 
performing "The Belle of Amherst", a 
1 -woman play about Emily Dickinson. 
Pat is in charge of the class scrapbook, 
so everyone please return your 
questionnaires WITH PICTURES. Janis 
Thomas Zeanah has traveled Scotland 
and Ireland, a little fast paced for her 
knees. She declined to climb the 126 
steps to kiss the Blarney Stone, but 
loved the people and scenery. Mary 
Lois Miller Carroll and Hugh are very 
much alive and well on planet Earth, still 
at Keuka Lake, NY in summer and FL 
in winter. That's what keeps them well. 
Carma Lindsay Burton has 12 grands 
and 1 great. She traveled to Italy, is 
painting, playing croquet and "doing good 
works from time to time." She has a fine 
turn of words! Francis Street Smith 
and Gordon are recouping from condo 
burnout, hope to be in by Christmas 
and are staying home to pick out colors. 
She says that in spite of serious health 
problems Mary John Ford Gilchrist 
keeps bouncing back to the tennis court. 
Mary, John, and Stuart contemplate a 
move to "senior digs." Francis reports 
Josie Sibold still in concrete garden 
figure business, has customers far and 
wide. Francis says Mary Baily Izard and 
John are on a trip to Viet Nam. Francis 
is so newsy! Carroll Morgan Legge is 
traveling to Copper Canyons, Mexico. She 
spent time on Block Island, R.I. summer 
'06 with kids and grands. Cynthia Balch 
Barns expects a new grandchild, as 
do I. We're getting to be a little long of 
tooth for this sort of thing, but I like it. 
Eulalie McFall Fenhagen and Jim are 
floating down the Danube from Prague to 
Budapest. Their efforts are concentrated 
on work for peace as members of 
Episcopal Church Peace Fellowship. 
Barbara Baker Bird is the 1st of us to 
land on Easter Island, as far as I know. It 
was a journey to the South Pacific with a 
week in Venice for dessert. 

Laura Radford Goley expects 
to see Donna Reese Godwin and 
Ellen Galey Scher at Reunion. Laura 
celebrated her wedding anniversary on a 
cruise in the British Isles. Donna reports 
an "up and down year," having broken 
her arm in Jun. The up part was the 1 st 
"grand" wedding in Phoenix and a trip 
to NE to see a granddaughter compete 
in a thespian competition. (I hope this 
is correct, the postmark sometimes 
obscures the info.) 

Harriet Thayer Elder is moving to 
Nashville near kids and starting a new 
counseling practice. Like me, Cynthia 
Balch Barns expects a new grandchild. 
Mine is due today in CA. I can't wait to 
know which flavor! Jane Mattas says 
the mini-reunion in NY organized by 
Anne Hoagland Kelsey was a winner. 
I'm cross to have missed it. 5 weeks 
in the hospital having titanium put in 
my back limited my travel! Joanne 
Holbrook Patton reports that the 
"reprise" of "Resting On Our Laurels" by 
the Youth Academy of the North Shore 
Music Circus was a great success. 
Happily, her filmmaker son created a 
video of the performance for reunion 
goers to see. Charlotte Snead Stifel 
and Hank went on a bike trip, Bologna to 
Venice with side trips to Rome and Paris 
(NOT on bikes). They live in Jackson, 
WY, and welcome visitors. They have a 
new granddaughter, Lily, the 1st child of 
daughter Stephanie. Kitchie visits Sally 
Fishburn Crockett yearly and they lunch 
with Mary John, Palm Beach. 

Trudy Kelly Morron is amazed to 
find herself the great-grandmother of 
excellent twin girls. She went to London 
and Cornwall with grandson (15), his 
1st trip abroad, and she speaks of the 
"pure joy of discovery" on all sides. Sue 
Judd Silcox had a successful knee 
replacement. A sympathetic spouse is 
a great thing! Their whole family got 
together for Christmas and a New Year's 
wedding last year. Ann Whittingham 
Smith went to Paris, a reprise of her Year 
Abroad, and found things much changed, 
still wonderful. She teaches English as a 
2nd language to an Ecuadorian couple, 
recommends the program. Nell Orand 
Beck is having fun with grandchildren, 
lots of activity in Dallas. She welcomes 
visitors too! Jane Russo Sheehan and 
Dick's 5 kids put on a great 50th party on 
their farm with tent, music, and all. Jane 
says that she is still "horsing around," 
more judging than riding. Marge 
Levine Abrams still works full-time as 
a paralegal. Takes trips to visit kids in 
NY and Atlanta. They took a Caribbean 
cruise and never got off the ship! Len 
has trouble walking; it suited them very 
well to have the ship to themselves. Leila 
Booth Morris and Jim enjoy the new 
retirement community in Columbus. Jim's 

Parkinson's prevents them from traveling, 
but they expect all their children and 
grandchildren for the holidays. (There's 
a great grand too). Tom Strickland, 
spouse of Anna Garst Strickland, wrote 
Joannie Patton that although her activities 
are limited, she enjoys hearing about SBC 
friends and especially enjoys visits from 
Catherine Yerkes Grant who visits son 
Trevor in Philadelphia. 

Now then, due to the fact that my 
thoughtful son installed a new computer 
for me while I was in the hospital, certain 
things never made it from one machine 
to the other. If you should be among the 
missing, please repeat next time! Thanks 
and love to you all. 


Isabel Grayson Parish 

685 Diamond Head Drive South 

Pinehurst, NC 28374 


Bruce Watts Krucke 
Mrs. William Krucke 
7352 Toogoodoo Rd. 
Yonges Island, SC 29449 

At the last minute, I sent out an email to 
those of you whose email addresses I 
had. A couple of them were rejected by 
servers, a few with new email addresses 
were returned. I was thrilled with the 
response I did get. Thanks so much. I 
hope to use this method in the future. 
Please send me an email so that I will 
have your address. 

We have lost another classmate. 
Julia O'Neal Gould, one of our English 
gals died a few months ago. We send 
condolences to her family. 

Sympathies and condolences also 
sent to Ann Henry Lake lost her 
husband to lung disease last Jun. He 
was in poor health for a long time. 
Sally Bumbaugh spent several days 
with Ann in Aug. providing support. Ann 
recently heard from Barbara Tompkins 
Ames. They're planning a get together 
in Savannah for Sally B., Lamar Ellis 
Oglesby and Ann next spring. They better 
call me! Meanwhile Ann has taken a short 
trip to London and Paris with brother 
living in FL. 

Page Brydon Leslie wrote for the 
first time. She attended part of the SBC 
Homecoming weekend in Sept., but 
did not see many classmates. She did 
enjoy the visit. Page recently moved into 
Westminster-Canterbury, a retirement 

community at VA Beach, where Peggy 
Hobbs Shaw and my mother both 
lived. She has 3 remaining children, 5 
grandchildren and 1 great grandson. 
Page was an accountant, a tax preparer, 
is mostly retired, still works some. 

Pinky Walsh Cahouet writes: really 
do have something to brag about, much 
to be thankful for. Frank and I love being 
grandparents to tiny babies. 3 of their 4 
children live near Pittsburgh. The babies 
(3 and under) keep them entertained. As 
for traveling, in Nov. they're scheduled for 
a cruise to Mexico. Their last trip didn't 
work out very well because they went 
to New Orleans on the same day that 
Hurricane Katrina hit! Pinky is still tutoring 
children at the local orphanage, choral 
group singing at Old People's Homes. 

Last year Doreen Booth Hamilton 
co-organized a garden trip to SW 
England, having previously done the same 
thing to the Cotswolds. Her personal 
travel this year centered mainly on trips 
to see family in New England. Doreen 
has 10 grandkids (4-22). 2 grandsons 
are a freshman and a senior at Duke. 
She was Co-Chairman of the Madeira 
Centennial Alumnae Dinner last April. 
700 people at the French Embassy! As 
a volunteer for the Children's Hospital 
Foundation, Doreen is good at raising 
lots and lots of money for their expanded 
Surgery Dept and at helping to plan 
social and educational events to keep 
more funds flowing! After living in the DC 
area, daughter Winkie and husband Bill 
Bierbower moved to Huntsville, AL, where 
Bill is now Chief Counsel for the Marshall 
Space Flight Center. Doreen misses 
them terribly, but knows it is a wonderful 
adventure for them. Are there any SBC- 
ers living nearby there? Doreen is going 
to VT for Christmas. She had lunch with 
Peggy Jones Steuart in Oct. 

Peggy Jones Steuart writes that 
family count remains almost the same. 
They have 1 new daughter-in-law (last 
son married), still 1 1 grandchildren (2- 
20). All live within 1 5 min. of their house 
in Chevy Chase, MD. Peggy and Guy 
spend many weekends at their home on 
the Wye River in Queenstown, Eastern 
Shore, MD. It's a great place for the 
family on holidays, in the summer months 
especially, with lots of fishing, boating, 
swimming, crab eating, generally a lot 
of fun for the grandchildren and their 
cousins of all ages. It's only 1 .25 hrs 
across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Guy 
and Peggy took a great trip last summer 
to CO and a small part of UT. They visited 
his brother in Grand Junction, whose 
home is literally next door to one of the 
many canyons they visited in the National 
Park system. They also went up Pike's 
Peak. She says photographs do not give 
you the incredible experience of being 
in those truly awesome beautiful places. 

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(I agree.) The trip ended in Telluride with 
1 son, his wife, children who vacation 
there every summer. The Steuarts are in 
the process of renovating their home at 
the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, 
Jamaica, which she says has been a 
wonderful project that should be finished 
soon. Peggy encourages classmates to 
visit: . The resort is 
a marvelous place for families down to 
the youngest babies, with all manner of 
activities including weddings along palm 
beaches, water sports, horses, tennis, 
golf, newly opened Fern Tree Spa at 
Half Moon, all in a warm, welcoming, 
flower-filled environment. (We allow 
commercials in this column if you own 
the product!) Guy enjoys being Chairman 
of the Hotel Board, spends time there 
on hotel business. The family enjoys it. 
Peggy retired from 1 years on the Board 
of Trustees of W&L U. last Oct., a very 
rewarding, event-filled span of time. She 
treasures the opportunities that came 
with the stimulating academic arena. Still 
very active at the Washington National 
Cathedral, especially with gardens 
and grounds, the Cathedral building 
and activities. She currently serves as 
Chairman of the Buildings and Grounds 
Committee, as a Trustee of Tudor Place 
Historic House and Garden in Georgetown. It is an 1 8th century 
neoclassical home owned by Martha 
Washington's granddaughter, Martha 
Custis Peter, and built by friend, William 
Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, 
1816. 2 garden clubs, an assortment of 
other interests keep Peggy behind, always 
playing catch up. Sister Elizabeth (sculptor) 
in NYC is completing a bust of Koffi Annan 
for the UN. Her bust of Henry Kissinger is 
now in the Library of Congress. One of the 
Steuart's grandchildren is at the Coll. of 
Charleston so she has a great excuse to 
visit me. Her daughter visited my Gallery at 
the Pink House when her son was college 
hunting. Peggy sees SBC alumnae in the 
DC area frequently. 

Jerry Dreisbach Ludeke sends 
her usual unbelievable news. In Aug. 
she went to Tibet and Nepal with Elder 
Trek, 5 days of camping with a Sherpa 
crew to get to Nepal. She loved being 
awakened with hot tea or coffee the 
little fellow offered through the tent flap. 
Because of the cold at high altitudes, 
they had double sleeping bags also lined 
with a flannel sheet. They visited many 
monasteries lit with yak butter candles 
in bowls. Jerr^' found the monks' chants 
beautiful, spiritual, moving. They had 
beautiful views of Mt. Everest when they 
camped at a base camp for climbers. 
Armed Maoists demanding money 
stopped their bus was stopped twice in 
Nepal— a 1st according to a guide. No 
word whether they paid or not. Jerry 
sees her name in the Bakersfield College 

telephone directory, so she knows she 
is back at work. Volunteer work at the 
Archives entraps her. First she was 
co-director with another retired faculty 
friend, and now is Acting Director until 
they wrangle enough money to hire a true 
archivist. Since she had no experience 
with archives, they sent her to the 2 week 
training session at the Western Archives 
Institute. She enjoyed it, though it showed 
her just how much is still to be done. 

All is well with Ruth Sanders Smith 
and family. Enjoying traveling, spent 2 
weeks cruising the Mediterranean in 
May, a few weeks in NJ with boys and 
grandchildren in Jun., and then 3 weeks 
in Norway, Sweden in Aug. Like the rest 
of us they are happy they can still do it. 
Ruth plays golf, but says her handicap is 
getting worse. She is lucky to spend a lot 
of time with 2 granddaughters (13,11) 
living down the street. Watching them 
turn into young ladies is a joy. 

Louise Aubrey McFarland 
answered my note, but didn't tell about 
activities. She enjoys her "above average" 
grandchildren, took a family trip last 
Christmas, Dilly tells me. I like that people 
respond even if they have no news; then I 
know they're all right! 

Nancy Maury Miller and husband 
Bruce have lived in a retirement 
community in Boynton Beach, FL, 12 
years after his heart attack. They live on 
a lake, enjoy watching the bird life. Nancy 
has not retired. She still writes a weekly 
column for the Palm Beach Daily News 
on restaurants in the area — often a 2 
page article with photos and ads. Except 
for visits to the clients, who pay big bucks 
to be reviewed, and an occasional trip to 
the office, Nancy works from home. What 
did we do before technology?! Nancy's 7 
grandchildren range from 21 (grandson 
and graduate in sports medicine from 
the U. of FL), to 1 (granddaughter). Son 
Scott, a Navy Captain is in Smithfield, 
VA. He was married in 2003 at the Naval 
Academy Chapel like Nancy and Bruce, 
1957. Their oldest daughter lives nearby 
and is a labor/delivery nurse; youngest 
daughter in Franklin, NC, is studying for 
her education degree at Western Carolina 
while her own daughter is a sophomore 
there. Nancy has an active collection of 
dolls and bears that she sews clothes 
for, refurbishes, and takes to craft shows. 
Nancy is the corresponding secretary for 
the Seacrest Association of University 
Women, which provides scholarships for 
female h. s. students at the local h. s., 
and a member of the Boca Raton Branch 
of the National League of American 
Pen Women. She and Bruce have 3 
indoor rescued cats. They've heard from 
Anne Allen Pf lugfelder who lives at 
Vicar's Landing in Ponte Vedra. FL, near 
Jacksonville. She has been there since 
her husband John died. 

Jo Booze Nelson is still active in 
Meals on Wheels, Citizens on Patrol for 
her neighborhood (where the patrols 
have reduced crime by 30% in the area!), 
and a variety of volunteer "opportunities" 
relating to non-profit agencies in the city. 
She enjoys a group of 8 friends that meet 
weekly to discuss a publication with a 
religious theme. Jo is particularly curious 
about faith-based politics. Twice a year Jo 
goes with several friends to spend 5 days 
in silent retreat with the Episcopal Sisters 
of the Order of St. Helena in their convent, 
Vails Gate, NY. Her friends are astonished 
that she can last for 5 days in silence. 
She finds it refreshing, energizing. She 
would be glad to send anyone more 
information about the Sisters and 
convent. Since neither of her children 
lives close, Jo plans to move into a small 
Quaker affiliated life-care community in 
the suburbs north of Baltimore. Many 
friends (no pun intended) are there, she 
expects there might be a unit available 
for her in a year or so. 3 older SBC grads 
live there: Margaret Proctor, Julia Waxter, 
and Peggy Taliaferro — as well as several 
teacher buddies from her former teaching 
life at St. Paul's School for Girls. 

The big event for Ann Collins 
Teachout and Bill was the celebration 
of their 50th wedding anniversary. 12 
of them (2 daughters and husbands, 
6 granddaughters) took an Alaskan 
cruise. Everybody had a wonderful 
time. The grandchildren range in age 
from 9-22. Their oldest granddaughter 
will be married Dec 30; how is this 
possible? Planning the wedding has been 
a challenge since this granddaughter 
is currently a music teacher in an 
international school in Seoul, Korea. 
Her fiance teaches there also; they will 
return to Korea after the wedding. Ann 
and Bill are still doing volunteer work. Her 
favorite is helping in a 4th grade class for 
homeless children. Like us, they are very 
pleased to be well. 

Ruthie Frey Deaton and Hugo 
recently returned from Iowa City where 
they were visiting their youngest 
daughter. She and her husband just 
moved there where he is now making 
P&G shampoos for the world. Hugo 
and Ruthie sadly had their last sailboat 
summer in ME in '06; boat is currently 
on the market. The weather was probably 
the best they've had in ME since they 
started sailing15 years ago. They return 
to ME next fall as landlubbers, will rent 
a house in Southwest Harbor that Ruthie 
has always admired from the water. Lots 
of their sailing friends will still be there 
well into the autumn. Some of their kids 
and grandkids sailed with them this 
summer. For that reason, they hate to 
give it up, but Ruthie says, "There comes 
a time when it's time." All the children 
and grandchildren will be at Ruthie's 

for Thanksgiving — 21 under 1 roof! 
Hugo and Ruth celebrated their 50th 
with children & spouses in Mar. It was 3 
months ahead of the Jun. 9 anniversary, 
but no small feat to arrange a time when 
all of them could be together. They rented 
a house on Sea Island, a happy time for 
all. The oldest of 1 1 grandchildren is 1 5, 
youngest is 5 months. 

Mary Jane Roos Fenn had a 
wonderful trip to Alaska last summer, 
fantastic scenery. Late husband Dick 
was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force 
Base before Mary Jane knew him and 
always wanted to go back there, perhaps 
even to live there full time! She enjoyed 
seeing all the places he had talked about 
for many years. She and Faith Rahmer 
Croker are going to China for 3 weeks 
in May. Mary Jane volunteers at the local 
hospital every Thurs. morning, is also 
coordinator of the lectors at the Catholic 
church. She is still secretary of the local 
yacht club (she was a former Commodore 
too). She enjoys an active social life, 
reports all 6 grandchildren fine. Molly (5) 
in kindergarten says Mary Jane is her 
best friend — isn't that sweet! Mary Jane 
will be going to CT for Thanksgiving and 
Christmas; both her daughters live in 
Fairfield. She sees Faith frequently, talks 
to Maggie Mohlman Degler a lot too. 

A nice long note from Dilly 
Johnson Jones said that Vaughan 
Inge Morrissette came to see Dilly 
after son Paul III died. Vaughan was 
enroute to Charleston to be with the 
Maybanks (prominent, local family with 
SBC connections) for a gathering. She 
spent the night at Dilly's. they had such 
a good time talking that she stopped 
again on her way back to Mobile. Dilly 
says Vaughan has more energy than 
anybody that she has ever known — no 
different from college days! On her way 
to Charleston, Vaughan phoned Page 
Anderson Hungerpillar from her car as 
she was neared Savannah. Page met her 
for lunch, then Vaughan proceeded on to 
Charleston, where she did not call me! 
In the summer of '05. Dilly went to MT, 
had a great visit with daughter Sanford 
and family for 4 days. Then Sanford and 
she went to Yosemite. joined Ann Collins 
Teachout and family. Not all of Ann's 
grands could be there, but she, Bill, both 
daughters were there. They had a fun 
time together! Dilly and family went to 
Moose Head Lodge in WY last Jun. for 
5 days, terrific fun. Daughters Sanford 
and Louise made all the plans, which 
Dilly particularly enjoyed. The scenery 
was fabulous, the kids had a ball, loved 
being together. On the way back, flying 
with Louise and her family to Atlanta, 
they spent 2 nights in Salt Lake City in 
order to use frequent flyer points. 1 of 
the nights was a Sat. Sunday morning, 
Louise's husband and Dilly went to hear 

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and see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 
do their radio broadcast. What a glorious 
way to end a wonderful trip! As Dilly said, 
"The gorgeous scenery in WY and then 
the choir made me know all over again 
that the Lord made things and takes care 
of us!" Dilly returned in mid Oct. from a 
trip to Greece. She had always wanted 
to see the Acropolis and Parthenon. A 
couple of great friends talked her into 
signing on with the Ga. Tech Alumni 
Travel with them. Both Bill and Paul went 
to Tech. The Tech group was full, so the 
travel people asked if they would go later 
with the group from Colby, Bates and 
Hamilton. Getting to know them and hear 
about college was fun and interesting. 
Dilly really enjoyed the trip, managed 
fine. She has been leery of traveling 
alone recently, but managed this difficult 
trip with lots of changes and layovers, is 
now encouraged that she will be able to 
continue traveling. 

Jean "Sissy" Morris Long writes 
that she and Betty Gene Orr Atkinson 
live in the same gated community see 
each other often. The Atkinsons often 
go to her old hometown, Como, 40 mi. 
away, to visit old friends and enjoy new 
restaurants there. They have group 
meetings for dinner Fri. nights that also 
include Anne "Peaches" Davis Roane 
Anne White Connell joined the English 
Speaking Union that Sissy is active in, so 
she sees her on a monthly basis. Anne 
is taking a travel group to Vienna for a 
fabulous New Year's Eve filled with music. 
Meri Hodges Major and Sissy talk often. 
Sissy says Meri is an amazing lady. No 
matter what health problems persist, 
she goes right on with a great strength. 
Sissy had a wonderful visit with Helen 
Smith Lewis by phone in Oct. Helen and 
George go to Richmond often to see twin 
grandsons who are involved in sports and 
activities. She attends classes at SBC 
from time to time. Wouldn't that be fun 
for us all! Bill and Sissy have attended 
very interesting courses at the U. of 
Memphis in religion and music. Bill has 
taken many music courses offered at the 
university since retiring from medicine. 
Sissy continues to sing in the church 
choir. In addition to Sundays the director 
expanded the program to several extra 
concerts in conjunction with Rhodes Coll. 
and the U. of Memphis. The Connells 
enjoy the Memphis Symphony and every 
good jazz group that comes to town. Bill 
still plays in the Doctor's band; Sissy 
still has Tues. morning tennis after all of 
these years. She joined a writer's group 
in Memphis, which she enjoys although 
they keep her working. They go to Atlanta 
often to see 3 children, 7 grandchildren 
whose lives are busy lives with soccer, 
volley ball, lacrosse, football games, 
concerts. From cross country to swim 
meets, she doesn't see how they get to 

all of their events! 3 of them currently 
take piano, 4 are in school bands, 1 
granddaughter recently began playing the 
flute. Sissy and Bill go to water aerobics 
3 times a week at 8 a.m. They report that 
their place in Destin, FL, has withstood 
all the storms and they love being able 
to return to the beautiful blue water and 
white sand. 

Logan Bentley Lessona writes 
that, having been involved with the Italian 
part of the International Spoleto Festival 
of the Arts, she is happy to help anyone 
interested in coming to see it. It's in 
mid Jun., she can recommend hotels, 
get tickets, etc. With travel to Europe 
so reasonable now, it's a good time to 
go to Italy, and she would love to have 
people stay with her and will act as tour 
guide. Feel free to contact her from her 
websites: Explore Italy! Fashion, Wine, 
Food, & Shopping htto://made-in-italv. 
com and A Guide in English to Italian 
Sites: htto:// 

Shirley Poulson Broyles and Norris 
spent the month of Oct. abroad. 2 weeks of 
barging and ballooning in France followed 
by a 2-week cruise of the Mediterranean, 
with stops in France, Corsica, Italy, Turkey. 
Like the rest of us, they travel as much as 
they can while they can! 

Bill and I covered the globe in 2006. 
We had nearly 3 weeks in Botswana in 
Apr. (You can take that Safari with us, 
virtually, at: www.tooaoodoostud ios . com) , 
then in Aug. we drove cross-country with 
friends from Yokahama American h. s. 
to Ashland, OR, for another of our not 
to be missed bi-annual Yo-Hi reunions. 
After that, we went with some e-friends 
from Idaho for ten days in the Canadian 
Rockies. The scenery was overwhelming! 
I have not put the photographs from 
that trip on my website yet — too hard 
to choose! Everyone wondered how we 
would get along confined with friends, 
but we all reported that we had fabulous 
times, no arguments. At home I still 
have my gallery at the famous old Pink 
House (1 694) in Charleston, where 
I'm showing more photography than 
paintings. Bill continues to take graduate 
English courses at The Citadel. We both 
sing in choir. Bill handles the readings, 
a homily, and leads the discussion at a 
small healing service every Thurs. for our 
church and delivers Meals on Wheels as 
a sub. Our only grandchild, Lauren (13) 
stands 5'1 1 " in her size 1 1 bare feet. She 
is enormously bright, talented, attends a 
local school of the arts. Last spring she 
was chosen by virtue of taking SATs as 
one of the top 200 from the South to be in 
the Duke TIP program. She and I recently 
entered the photography division of the 
state fair, still don't know if we've won. 

Isn't it interesting how involved in 
our communities we are. The college 
students of the 50s were considered the 

do-nothings. We didn't protest or burn 
anything, but in the end, we've become 
upstanding citizens contributing to the 
good of the world even into our later 
years. Good on us! 


Kathryn Beard 
1074 Zanzibar Lane 
Plymouth, MN 55447-3140 


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1307 Killiney Place 
Louisville, KY 40207 


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6317 Three Chopt Road 
Richmond, VA 23226 

Tonight is Halloween '06. Tabb and I 
are sitting here squeezing news out of 
our classmates from the telephone and 
collecting book club members' news. 
(Forgive my mentioning book group so 
much, but those classmates are my major 
sources of information!) I called Sally 
Bertelsen Maguire in Dallas (husband 
Ren answered the 1st call and he 
charmed us with his witty repartee!) I'm 
hoping she'll call me back! Ann Pegram 
is now Mrs. Ezra Howington. (She says 
he's darling, was a bomber pilot in 
WWII). Her news: Nina Hopkins Raine s 
daughter moved next door to her in 
Atlanta! Although she says she only plays 
solitaire on the computer, we know she's 
a horticulture judge for The Garden Club 
of America. She has 8 grandchildren; 

Ezra has 6 and 4 great-grandchildren! 
She and Ezra are coming to our 50th 
reunion. Sally Beattie Sinkler sold her 
house. Betsy Duke Seaman attended 
the SBC Homecoming celebration at the 
end of Sept. with Cay Ramey Weimer 
While there, classmate Ann Young 
Bloom was recognized for her major 
contribution to the College. We are so 
proud of and grateful for her commitment 
to the place we love. Betsy also attended 
an event at ML Vernon, the opening 
of the Education Center and Museum 
presided over by Gay Hart Gaines 
who, Betsy says, exhibited: "beauty, 
brains and enthusiastic patriotism." 
She says everybody should go to see 
the wonderful collection of George 
Washington's personal effects. I'm so 
sorry that I haven't received Rachel Bok 
Goldman's emails. Recently I did get 
one in which she told of husband Allen's 
serious heart attack and complications, 
but am glad to report he is recovering, 
enjoys walks with his dogs and gardening 
in ME. She says: "I am fine, my sons are 
fine and my daughter-in-law and kiddies 
are fine." Thank you, Rachel, you are the 
only classmate to write me! At our last 
book group meeting, the visit from Susan 
Taylor Montague-Reese, who rode the 
train down from Alexandria, overjoyed 
us. Since husband Howard died after 
a long illness, we were eager to spend 
time with her. Susan looks well and had 
just returned from a week in Nantucket 
with daughter Ashley, son-in-law, 2 
grandchildren. Last week in Greenwich, 
my daughter Cricket and I enjoyed having 
lunch with Lizora Miller Yonce and her 
daughter-in-law who was expecting (it's a 
boy!). Lizora is a wonderful bridge player 
and golfer. She spends time at her home 
in Boca Grande, FL. What fun to catch up! 
If any of you want to have me for lunch, 
I'm available! That's all, folks! 


Lura Coleman Wampler 
Little Place Farm 
1406 Thomas Rd 
Wayne, PA 19087-1318 


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1724 Aberdeen Circle 
Crofton.MD 21114-1618 

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With interest for our class, Sandy and I 
took a cruise circumnavigating the Black 
Sea in late Aug. The first night out we met 
a delightful lady with ties to a small college 
in VA. It was Ann Rawley, widow of history 
Prof. Jim Rawley during our "tenure." 

In Sept., we attended Homecoming 
Weekend, which celebrated the latest 
capital campaign in grand style. The 
campus looked spectacular for the 
glorious festivities. We had a wonderful 
reunion with Betsy Pearson Griffin and 
our loyal Mary Jane Schroder Oliver 
Hubbard and James. 

We have already received a few 
questionnaires for our 45th reunion next 
year. Please fill yours out soon so we can 
compose the Scrapbook. We will be in 
touch and plan to attend. 


Mrs. Heinz K. Simon 
(Allie Stemmons) 
3701 Guadalajara Court 
Irving, Texas 75062 

Our class is on the move! Travel is 
the big theme that most retirees 
have accomplished. I think Margaret 
Millender Holmes put it best: "We said 
we wanted to travel when we retired. 
After several years with "life getting in 
the way" we've gone overboard this 
year, Colorado, Switzerland, France and 
about to leave for New Zealand! Next 
year if anyone wants to see us they 
have to come here!" ("Here" is Painted 
Post, NY). Our perpetual traveler, Betty 
Stanly Cates, just returned from Europe. 
After a repeat trip on Sea Cloud II she 
flew to Paris, spent a week in Valerie 
Elbrick Hanlon's apartment, which was 
"a jewel." On the ship, Betty met Debby 
Welch s brother and learned that Debby 
lives in Sanibel Island, FL. Jane Yardley 
Amos and John returned from 3 weeks 
in China Ann Funkhouser Strite-Kurz 
conducts embroidery classes on the East 
Coast and attends the National Seminar 
for the Embroiderers' Guild in Richmond. 
In Nov. she was the featured artist at the 
Healing Arts Gallery at a local hospital. 
Daughter Kathy delivered twin boys in 
Aug.. Ann now has 5 grandsons Cynthia 
Hubard Spangler went to London and 

Sicily this year, is enjoying her retirement, 
playing tennis, babysitting grandchildren. 
"It's so wonderful to get up every day and 
be able to do whatever suits me!" Mary 
Trabue Meyer feels the same. She lives 
near mother (89) and daughter Molly, a 
fung shui consultant who spends most of 
her time tending to Woods (3) and Julia 
(2). Son Will is an architect in NYC. This 
Jan. Mary will go to Guatemala with her 
sister and brother-in-law, in Apr. an art 
tour in Paris. 

Susan Scott Robinette lives on 
35 acres 8 mi. outside of Clemson, 
SC, where husband Lamar retired from 
Clemson U. 4 years ago. They enjoy 
lectures, concerts, cultural programs at 
Clemson. Susan volunteers for Hospice, 
the local Co-op, her church. She is 
painting again. They spent last Feb. in 
New Zealand. Betsy Parker McColl 
and Jim bought a 2nd home in Blowing 
Rock, NC, in Jan., happy to have a retreat 
from the Columbia heat last summer. 
In May, Betsy completed a 7-year Bible 
Study Fellowship course which she 
says was tremendously rewarding and 
challenging. She still competes at tennis 
and had a successful debut in the 65- 
and-over division. Katharine Blackford 
Collins and John are beginning their 4th 
year living and volunteering in Comala, 
Colima, Mexico. They returned to WY 
for the summer, did 4 long backpacking 
trips in the Wind Rivers. Ginni Corwin 
Millo spends her winters in Naples, FL, 
teaching computer basics. During the rest 
of the year, volunteering and teaching 
near Boston keep her busy. She enjoys 
setting her own schedule. Nancy Dixon 
Brown spent summer in Lynchburg 
helping her mother who fell, broke her 
shoulder. Nancy spent the July 4th with 
Lisa Wood Hancock and Pete for dinner 
and fireworks. 

Tempe Parker writes from Mount 
Pleasant, SC, (near Charleston, 5 
minutes from the beach) that she sells 
real estate; it's a buyer's market in the 
Lowcountry! She urges classmates to 
consider a purchase or at least a visit. 
Also in Charleston is Jane Goodridge 
who enjoyed her recent trip on Seabourn 
Cruises. She and George booked another 
for Portugal and Spain in Apr. I had a 
wonderful visit with Jane recently when 
escorting a group of my h. s. classmates 
on a reunion trip to Charleston. She 
made many helpful suggestions, even 
surprised us with "typical Charleston 
appetizers" at dinner one evening! I also 
visited goddaughter Cheri Burritt Yates 
'84. daughter of Mary Ann Utterback 
Burritt. Mary Ann is Director of Gifted 
Education and Academy Programs for VA 
Beach, VA, Schools, threatens to retire in 
Jan. (Cheri says it'll never happen!). 2nd 
daughter Kiendel works in Johannesburg, 

South Africa, and son Jimmy, wife, 2 little 
boys live in NYC. 

Lark Schulze is thrilled that The 
Red Devils, the support organization for 
breast cancer patients and their families 
which she co-founded, has been written 
up in "0" Magazine. Check out the Oct. 
'06, issue on pg. 222: "The Devil Wears 
Sneakers." Anne Carter Brothers 
had a big summer. John retired in Jun. 
after 36 years of service in orthopedics. 
Children and grandchildren (including 
new 5th granddaughter) gathered for the 
retirement party. Anne wants everyone 
to be on the lookout for their son Cary 
Brothers, singer/songwriter who is 
currently on a 6-week Hotel Cafe tour 
with a group of artists who have music 
on the soundtrack of the movie "The 
Last Kiss." You can read about him and 
hear his music . 
With watercolors in 4 galleries, Anne will 
go to Longboat Key, FL, to paint again 
this winter. Nerissa Vom Baur Roehrs 
in Leipzig moved from the company 
house into 2 smaller apartments, 1 on 
the 6th floor where she has a music 
room. 2 of her Lieder were included in 
the Schumann Year Celebration, a great 

Mary Lou Morton Seilheimer 
and Charlie discovered it's not so far to 
NY now that 1 st grandson Julian Sartell 
Prentice lives there with his parents, 
daughter Anne and husband Josh. 
Another happy grandma is Meta Bond 
Magevney who reports the arrival of 
her 1st granddaughter after 3 sons, 5 
grandsons! Meta and Hugh returned from 
a trip to Italy that included Bill and Susan 
Dwelle Baxter, '64. Keitt Matheson 
Wood and Frank returned from Ireland 
where they spent 10 days on a houseboat 
on the River Shannon. They look forward 
to Thanksgiving with son Gordon, 
wife Carrie, grandsons Graham and 
Kenton — the 1 st time the young folks will 
put on the dinner! Keitt wrote that Gail 
Blanke Cusick now writes a monthly 
column for Real Simple magazine. Sallie 
Yon Williams has been to Mexico on a 
book and author cruise, promoting her 
cookbooks with collaborator Jennifer 
Bushman. She looks forward to having 
son Courtney and new bride Nazli in VA 
Beach for Christmas. Lynn Carol Blau 
and Jeffrey enjoy time in NYC and are 
involved in the Metropolitan Opera and 
The James Beard Foundation. Julia 
Arnold Morey trumps the grandmas 
by announcing 1 st p/eaf-granddaughter 
Ayden. After a summer of travel she 
and Russ are re'axing in "lower, slower 

The Lookout Mountain crowd 
checked in at the last minute Lee 
Kucewicz Parham says she "lives 
and breathes GPS" since school started 

and danced the can-can in front of the 
whole student body in the annual faculty 
talent show! She and John fill weekends 
with "concerts all over town," enjoy 
grandchildren Emmeline (7) and Jackson 
(10). Finally Stevie Fontaine Keown 
reports a lovely trip in Sept. sponsored 
by UVA to the ancient Mediterranean 
world, sites in southern Italy, Sicily, 
Greece, Turkey. She sees Lee and Kathy 
Caldwell Patten frequently and has 
reconnected with Leslie Buchman 
Richardson who still teaches Italian at 
Sewanee. Our illustrious Class President 
sends messages: 1st make up your 
minds to come back to SBC for 45th 
reunion in spring '08. 2nd send ideas for 
things you'd like included in our reunion 
to make it extra special! 

All is well in TX now that it's cooled 
off! Heinz and I have definitely discovered 
the wisdom of spending the summers 
in CO where we moved for nearly 3 
months, bag and baggage, including the 
dog and cat! Our house in Snowmass is 
open to any class of '63 visitors! I'm off 
to VA in the morning to visit friends (Lisa 
Hancock), family, including a 101 -year- 
old aunt in Richmond, and to attend the 
fall meeting of the SBC Board of Directors 
who have been foolish enough to invite 
me to become an Emerita Trustee. I am 
looking forward to seeing our real trustee, 
Karen Gill Meyer there. 

As this is being written on Oct. 
31— BOO! 


Virginia "Ginny" DeBuys 
H16 Shirley Lane 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-1425 


: '65 

Sally Hubbard 
52 Sherwood Trail 
Sewanee TN 37375-2166 

I have deleted 1 7 more bad e-addresses: 
if you're not hearing from me (and want 
to), please send me your correct address! 
Thanks to all who wrote! 

Dabney Williams McCoy enjoys 
5 grandsons (6 years-5 months). 1 son 
lives in Richmond and 1 in Charlotte: 
their oldest boys started kindergarten this 
fall. Daughter Catherine lived in NYC for 
5 years after graduating from Carolina, 
now lives in Lausanne, Switzeriand, 
finance works for Philip Morris. They 
visit a different wonderful country every 
weekend and plan to marry at Dabney's 
summer house in ME this Jun. Tim and 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 45 

Dabney planned a trip to visit them in 
Sept., a delayed 40th anniversary trip. 
They visited roommate Sallie Mullins 
and her new husband at their summer 
home in Rodanthe, NC last Aug. 

Laura Haskell Phinizy's daughter 
Laura Keith expects "twinkies," Nov. 13. 
Laura will go to help in Oct. Laura and 
Stewart had a wonderful time at Kanuga 
with Marion and family and Louise in Aug. 

Katy Weinrich van Geel says life 
is on the brink of change: Tyll is going to 
retire after 34 years from professoring 
at the U. of Rochester in Dec; she will 
continue to prepare income tax returns 
for her business. Katy and siblings care 
for their mother who suffered a stroke 
last year and is in a nursing home, 
end-of-life issues are arising. Katy and 
Tyll are looking forward to becoming 
grandparents! Daughter Alix and husband 
Lars are adopting a baby boy from Korea. 
Katy sings with a chorale at the Hochstein 
School of Music, creates and burns 
DVDs of her camcorder movies, goes to 
aerobics, makes jam, and is involved with 
a writer's group and other goings-on in 
their local Unitarian church. Life is full. 

Aline Rex McEvoy is busy with her 
mother, son Clay and family. Aline babysits 
for Clay and Kimberly's 3 little girls 
(tea parties, dressing up as princesses, 
sleepovers, at-home ballet performances). 
Her daughter Emory still lives in NYC 
and is the new director of recruiting for 
Armani. Emory has enjoyed working 
with EllieTahari for several years. Aline 
is involved with church, study groups, 
travel, reading, friends, weekends in the 
NC mountains, and a new Cavalier King 
Charles Spaniel puppy. She and Peter 
loved a visit to Quebec and recommend it. 

Eugenia Dickey Caldwell and Peter 
work hard, cherish their season tickets 
for the wonderful San Francisco Ballet 
and other repertory theaters. It's time for 
weekend expeditions to see the fall birds. 
Eugenia's godchild Lee Phillips, who is 
Cora Lee Logan Phillips's daughter, just 
bought a condo in San Francisco! Eugenia 
and Peter are excited for her. 

Mel Freese Cota is a certified yoga 
teacher and says yoga fits better than 
Martha Graham techniques now. Oldest 
son Beto and wife Adriana live in Norwalk 
CT with 2-year-old Katie (who speaks 
English, Spanish, and Katie language) 
but were in Switzerland over the summer 
while Beto trained for a new job. He'll 
work in Manhattan; they expect a 2nd 
daughter in Oct. Vicki and Paco have 3 
children: Paco Jr. (5), Maria Fernanda (3), 
and Baby Santiago, born in Jan. Vicki and 
Paco live in Mexico City so visit as often 
as possible. Son Memo has returned to 
Mexico after many years in Brazil. Mel and 
Alberto celebrated their 40th anniversary 
Oct. 8. 

Blair Both and partner Inza enjoy life 
in historic Wilmington NC in a 105-year- 
old house and hope to retire there. Blair 
is interim rector of Church of the Servant 
(Episcopal). They anticipate a wonderful 
trip to Italy and Provence this fall. 

In May, Elvira McMillan Tate 
enjoyed a great weekend with roommates 
Libba Hanger Luther, Aline Rex 
McEvoy and Alice Mighell Ficken 
(and their roommates) in Linville NC 
with Alice and Chuck as hosts. In 
Sept., she celebrated completion of the 
successful $1 1 million campaign at 
SBC. She anticipates the arrival of her 5th 
grandchild, Dec. 

After 29 years in NY as an advertising 
writer for fashion and cosmetics, and 
several marriages, Ann Ferrell moved 
to Aspen, CO. Ann has an MS in English 
Lit. from NYU and teaches writing and 
literature at Metropolitan State Coll. of 
Denver. Colorado is the sunniest, most 
wonderful place she has ever been. 

Betsy Benoit Hoover loved beautiful 
SBC and connecting with classmates at 
Reunion. She is busy with psychotherapy 
practice and very involved with education 
and awareness regarding Hepatitis C, 
support for those with Hep C and their 
families, and fundraising for that cause. 
Husband George tore the quadriceps 
tendon in his leg again, is unable to drive. 
Betsy is driving him while he heals. Their 
3rd granddaughter was due the day Betsy 
wrote me! Her daughter Melinda lives in 
Iowa City and has 2 daughters, Aliza (born 
7/04) and Eva (born 1 1/05). Melinda's 
husband is a gourmet chocolatier (makes 
chocolate to die for)! 

Sally McCrady Hubbard survived 
her latest and last AIDS bicycle ride, 
having not sufficiently bribed the wind 
gods. She pooped out after 150 miles, 
exhausted by 2 days of wind, but still 
grateful for the opportunity to ride 
with son Hayne and the incomparably 
generous/funny community of AIDS 
volunteers. She is happily employed 3 
days a week at the Sewanee Mountain 
Messenger, a weekly community 
newspaper. Recently retired husband 
Charles spends much of his time water- 
coloring. Grandson Duncan is in 1st 
grade in Arlington TX. 



The Rev. Keenan Kelsey 
101 Hawthorne Avenue 
Larkspur, CA 94939-1305 

Diane "Toots" Dalton 
Milwaukee, Wl 53202 

Vs&Luwitv 3,007: t/ (au> 15-3,0, 3007 

This is my last opportunity to remind you 
to return to SBC for our 40th reunion! You 
will be thrilled to see how well the College 
is doing and how beautiful it remains. Jill 
Beguido Gill writes nothing new or 
exciting to report, but still enjoys tutoring, 
family, friends, animals, gardening. At 61 , 
she's grateful to be healthy, so "no news 
is good news!" Dolly Cabalaro Garcia 
has 8 grandchildren ranging from 1 
months to 1 years all live nearby. She is 
active in tennis and her opera group, 
which just had a successful production of 
Madama Butterfly. Recent trips: a 
Mediterranean cruise with eldest 
grandson Miguel and a remarkable trip to 
India. Barbara Annan is back in her 
beloved home in AK, for good. She enjoys 
oil painting and keeps busy with real 
estate ventures. She gave up her 
counseling private practice to be able to 
travel to her NY apartment and visit 
friends, family more often. Betsy Kurtz 
Argo writes that Jim retired from the 
jewelry store, enjoys a life of political 
volunteerism and has become her 
complete care giver — grocery shopping, 
laundry, chef — all of it (he even takes the 
dogs to the vet — her job for 20 years), 
while she schleps away at fund raising 
50+ hours a week. Their joy: weekends 
at the cottage on Torch Lake in Ml. 
They're grandparents to Jake, born in 
Feb. and Ellie (1 ). They visited her in 
Asheville, NC, bringing a stuffed rocking 
horse to start her on her 1 st horse. 
Although Barb Tillman Kelley's 
youngest, Trey, will marry Jun. 2, she will 
try to get to reunion. Trey will get his MBA 
after 2 years at Wachovia. Fiancee, 
Lindsay is a vet; they will be off for her 
residency in vet orthopedics for 4 years. 
Daughter Darcy, also a vet, married in 
May '05, moved to Phoenix, AZ, while her 
husband was in school. They will return to 
Birmingham in '07. Dave, the oldest, 
works at Highland Restaurant for Frank 
Stitt, who has 3 fabulous restaurants in 
Birmingham. Barb is Dir. of Education at 
Vulcan Park, check it out www. . She plans to retire from 
the education part of the job next spring 
to continue part-time as Curator of 
Special Exhibits. Carlton is doing well, 
hopes to retire next year. Lynn Gullett 
Strazzini writes that after her '05 
Federal Aviation Administration 
retirement, she does contract work for 
the FAA, teaching Career Development 
Planning and Presentation Skills & 

Professional Image in the FAA's Mentor 
Program in Seattle, DC, Denver, CA, and 
Salt Lake City. Stepdaughter Suzy moved 
to Salem, VA; stepson Tim is a regular on 
CNBC's Fast Money. Tim and wife 
Danielle are proud parents of Luca (1). 
Grandma Lynn has been to NYC twice to 
visit. Since retirement, Lynn makes 
monthly visits to Portsmouth, OH, to help 
care for her parents (85) who still live in 
the house where she grew up. She gets 
together with several friends from 
kindergarten through h. s. who remained 
there. Retirement endeavors include 
sailing lessons with Womanship from 
Annapolis. Their logo is "Nobody Yells" so 
it's a great way to learn to sail! Next 
summer she plans to sign on as a crew 
member for a trip from Charleston, SC to 
ME. She also takes adult ed classes, 
currently Islamic history, culture, and 
politics. Lynn and former husband Ed 
continue to do things together, get along 
well. "Guess that sums up year #1 of 
retirement. It's been hectic and now I can 
join the ranks of those who say, "I don't 
know how I ever found the time to work!" 
Carroll Randolph Barr still loves 
working at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, 
especially since she turned over the 
Journalism class to a co-worker and now 
is support person on call when needed. 
She no longer coaches girls' tennis, 
freeing her to fundraise as Dir. of 
Development and Alumni Affairs. The 
challenge is huge. The school, almost 50 
years old, has buildings to fix and repair, 
plus has need for a new building. Carroll 
doesn't know when she'll retire; the job 
energizes her and she still loves working. 
She has the freedom to take off for golf 
and tennis, spent 2 days in Warm Springs 
playing golf and having fun with college 
friends Pam Jones Brown '66 and 
husband Joe and Baltimore friends, Ridge 
and Lynn Warfield, Gus Biddle from UVA 
and Chris Singleton and his wife Cathy 
from Hot Springs, VA. Son Michael has 
moved back to NYC, is a financial analyst 
with Newburger Berman and Angus and 
is going to Johnson & Wales U., a culinary 
school. Out of school for 6 years, this is a 
huge challenge for him but he loves it. No 
grandchildren, but both boys are happy 
and have lovely ladies in their lives. She 
enjoys and treats as her own, sister 
Elizabeth's children and grandchildren. 
Life is good in Powhatan, VA. Gail 
Robins O'Quinn is helping with class 
fundraising for Reunion. She will try to 
come to Reunion between Caribbean and 
Danube cruises. Trips had to be 
scheduled prior to hurricane season since 
the wreckage of Katrina and Rita made 
them leery of being away at that time. 
Ginny Stanley Douglas reports life is 
rather hectic with major remodeling of 
their house. This meant moving out for 1 5 

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months plus making a million decisions 
with the architect and contractor, fun in a 
hectic sort of way. She and Bill spent a 
week in Roanoke, VA, for their niece's 
wedding. Daughter Becky, husband Mark, 
and grandson Miles (2) went with them; 
all had a wonderful time. Becky expects a 
baby girl Dec 31 st, so their family is 
expanding. Ginny has been working on 
Governor Schwarzenegger's re-election 
campaign. She looks forward to 
introducing Bill at Reunion. Kat 
Barnhardt Chases life has been full. 
Finishing classes and exams in the 
Deacon Formation Program in the 
Diocese of NC and going before the 
Commission on Ministry one last time 
have been an exhilarating process. Her 
ordination as a vocational deacon in the 
Episcopal Diocese of SW VA was in Aug. 
Grandson (6) has conquered the pool, 
and visited Thomas the Tank Engine again 
with grandfather who continues to teach 
computer science at SBC; they are both 
enjoying their foray into fly fishing — there 
are some beautiful spots in Central VA. 
Younger daughter will graduate from Elon 
U. in NC, spring '07 and older daughter, 
SBC alum, lives and works in the area. 
Anne Carr Bingham reports that '05 
was an eventful year. She received her 
MA from Wesleyan U. Anne and Kim 
celebrated 40th wedding anniversary at 
the same hotel in Bermuda where they 
honeymooned in '65. Extending the 
celebration, they traveled to Peru for the 
trip-of-a-lifetime to Machu Picchu, the 
fabled "Lost City of the Incas," that Kim's 
grandfather Hiram Bingham III discovered 
in 191 1 . In May '06, they were in 
Washington, DC, at the first-day-of-issue 
ceremony for a US postage stamp 
honoring Kim's father, Hiram ("Harry") 
Bingham IV. The stamp was unveiled en 
bloc with those of 5 other "Distinguished 
Diplomats." This is a day toward which 
Kim worked tirelessly for 8 years. From 
'40 to '41 , Harry Bingham, a consular 
officer in Marseilles, is credited with 
rescuing 100s, if not 1000s, of Jews and 
dissidents fleeing the murderous Nazi 
regime through occupied France. This 
was in direct contravention of State Dept. 
directives since the US was not yet at war 
with Germany. For his act of conscience, 
Bingham was posthumously presented 
the "Constructive Dissent" Award by Sec. 
of State Colin Powell in '02. Their 
children and grandchildren are 
wonderfully well. Mark, oldest grandchild, 
is 1 3. " Tempus fugit, as Dean Pearl would 
have noted. I look forward to our 40th 
reunion in '07!" Mary Azima French 
Jackson writes that in '98 she was 
divorced and now lives in Guilford, CT. 
She has a MDiv from Yale Divinity School, 
and DMin from U. of Creation Spirituality 
and is ordained as an Interfaith Minister 
from the New Seminary in NYC and Sufi 

Cherag (also interfaith Minister). "Azima is 
a Sufi name that I've added. Bonnie is 
only used by family or folks who can't 
change my name." Recently she served 
as a marriage officiate and created 
custom weddings that suited individual 
taste. "It's been a lot of fun, very sacred 
and special. Each wedding is very 
different, and each couple has seemed 
very pleased with their ceremony. If you 
know of anyone looking for a memorable 
wedding ceremony, send them to me. For 
more of what I do, see my website: www. ." Daughter Elizabeth 
Werbe (31) works in NYC. Kim Waters 
Keriakos retired in April after almost 35 
years with American Bankers Assoc. She 
visited family from Mom to the children 
and grandchildren in CO, NJ, VA, and 
mountains of NC. Kim took a wonderful 
trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, 
looks forward to future trips to parks in 
the West and South. Kim enjoys volunteer 
work, studies at church, takes every 
opportunity to arrange flowers for worship 
and special occasions. She attended the 
US Air Force Memorial Dedication 
Ceremony with family and the memorial 
service with friends who had served and 
worked with Van. They had looked to this 
day for several years, and it was a gift to 
have participated. 

All is well with me. The highlight 
of my summer was the SBC tour to 
Scotland. Homecoming '06 was a 
wonderful event. I enjoyed catching up 
with Victoria Baker on campus meeting 
with current anthropology students, Kat 
Chase and Bob, and Clay Blackwell 
Judi Bensen Stigle has had a very busy 
year with family but promises a good time 
for all at reunion. See you in May! 


Lynne Gardner Detmer 
148 Jefferson's Hundred 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 


Nancy Crawford Bent 
14 Dopping Brook Rd 
Sherborn, MA 01770-1049 

I am sorry to report that Dina McGuinn 
Moser's mother died suddenly in Apr., 
and Cathy Hall Stopher's mother and 
my mother died within 1 day of each 
other in Jul. 

Peter and I are comforted by good 
news from our children: Adele is in her 
2nd (final) year of the MSW program 
at Simmons Coll., doing her clinical at 

McLean Hospital (Mount Misery for those 
of you who have read Samuel Shem, alma 
materia notables such as James Taylor, 
Anne Sexton, John Nash, and Sylvia Plath). 
Charles graduated from Hamilton in May, 
is job hunting in DC. Bless her heart, Lynn 
Pearson Russell (Alexandria, VA) at the 
National Gallery kindly agreed to meet him 
and offer advice about job opportunities in 
the DC art world. 

Ronde Kneip Bradley (Braintree, 
MA) continues full-time work for Wiley 
(textbook publisher) and still manages 
to be away almost every weekend. 
Kate works in Austin, TX and Nicky is 
in the nursing school at the U. of DE, 
crewing for the varsity. Peter and I had 
a wonderful week with Ronde, Dina 
McGuinn, and Tom (her S.O.) in a cliff- 
side house over the ocean near Machias, 
ME in July. The 7 hour drive from Boston 
was well worth it! 

I am back at work part-time at the 
local elem. school as the receptionist/ 
secretary rather than the nurse. The 
wages are almost as good (and the state 
doesn't care if I am working for my MS or 
not!), the stress level is far lower. My 92 
year old father, the local historical society, 
genealogy, and the board on which I 
serve occupy the rest of my time. 

Martha Brewer (Little Rock, AR): 
Well, we've been in Little Rock for 7 
months. I'm still adjusting to academic 
medicine. There are a lot of differences 
between the 2. 1 had planned this 
move prior to the Katrina Flood in New 
Orleans. We've lost almost 1 year due 
to the devastation there. The past year 
has been more than surreal. We were 
lucky! Our home was spared, despite 
neighborhood flooding; my practice in 
Metairie survived intact, despite having 
essentially no income for 3 months. I set 
a new record for lowest taxable income 
since I was a resident in the 80s. Many, 
manyot our friends suffered grievous 
losses relating to homes, businesses, 
crappy insurance coverage, etc. We've 
been swept up in trying to help our 
financially, emotionally distressed friends 
and family members. Almost everyone 
has a horror story. We know several 
nurses who were at Memorial Hospital 
during that trauma. They're worried about 
being caught in that witch-hunt that's 
been in national news. Everyone we know 
seems to have some variety of PTSD. 
Hopefully this nightmare has exposed the 
completely immoral, heartless core of the 
Republican administration. We still love 
New Orleans and have a condo there but. 
we're beginning to think Little Rock is the 
best kept secret in America, surprisingly 
liberal compared to AR. Come visit. Susan 
paints, is planning an art show/sale in 
New Orleans this spring between Mardi 
Gras and Jazz Fest. Feeling a huge 
need to give something back to the city 

and to HCA that was generous to their 
employees after Katrina. Susan also 
works some fill-in shifts in New Orleans 
at Tulane— HCA Hospital. We really look 
forward to seeing Elizabeth Lewis 
(San Francisco, CA), coming in late Dec. 
to baby-sit a godchild/nephew here in 
Little Rock. I think her husband David is 
staying in SF for this trip. Her son Matt 
is at Columbia. When we were displaced 
last year, Elizabeth was 1 of the people 
who contacted me and offered money, 
a place to stay. Also, Claudette Harloe 
Dalton came down with a medical team 
from UVA, but we never managed to get 
together. I got lots of encouraging emails 
from class members. Sue Scanlan 
Jared, Susan and I are planning a mini- 
reunion here in the 1 st part of the year. 
If you don't know, they live in Alexandria; 
she is a major bigwig with WREI, an 
offshoot of the former Congressional 
Clearinghouse for Women's Issues that 
she founded. 

Mabry Chambliss DeBuys (Seattle, 
WA): I've been in Seattle 35 years (lord!) 
and am a partner at the 2nd largest law 
firm in the northwest (a litigator). The 
firm is Preston Gates (Bill's dad) & Ellis. I 
love what I do (crazy schedule included). 
I am off to China for 10 days in Nov. on 
a women's leadership conference along 
with 30 women from the US to meet 30 
women leaders in Beijing and Shanghai. 
No idea how I got selected; I'm a divorce 
attorney dealing primarily with high net 
worth cases. The Chinese women are 
interested in the rights of US women 
in divorces. Some of the other areas 
covered are HIV/AIDS research, breast 
cancer research, banking and business 
issues, etc. A year ago, Ginny Stanford 
Perdue Haden Ridley Winborne, and 
Less Guthrie Keller came to Seattle 
for a reunion. We had such a good time. 
I even chartered a float plane to take 
us to the San Juan Islands for lunch. I 
am trying to convince them to meet me 
for our 60th on my sabbatical next year 
when I will be in Turkey, Greece, Croatia, 
and Italy for 2 months. 

Ridgely Fuller (Waltham, MA): My 
hair wants to be grey and my joints creak, 
but I still ride my horse, walk my dogs, 
work in mental health, parent my family 
and raise a ruckus whenever possible. 

Cathy Hall Stopher (Louisville. KY): 
Marshall and Douglas are still in DC; he 
is an associate producer for Leslie Stahl 
at 60 Minutes, she works for National 
Geographic. Charles is a lawyer, just 
joined the Public Defenders' office in 
Louisville. He and Ed go to the Louisville 
football games together. We get to see 
him for dinner on Sun. nights. Ed is 
defending Commair in the horrible crash 
in Lexington, KY. I'm still playing bridge, 
not getting to play much golf, trying to get 
around to cleaning my desk. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 47 

Kathy Kibbee Paterson (Reading, 
Berkshire, England): The highlight of my 
year was a trip back to the States in Jul. 
As well as seeing my brothers and their 
families, I was able to get together with 
some SBC friends. I'll leave it to them to 
give you their own news (just in case I get 
it wrong or find that I'm being indiscreet!). 
Ronde Kneip Bradley. Mary Chesnutt 
Hunt and I stayed with Elizabeth Wyatt 
at her house on Nantucket, a fantastic 
venue for a great mini-reunion. We also 
saw Elizabeth's son (9) and twins (3). 
We had wonderful, relaxing chats while 
walking and sightseeing, catching up on 
family news, talking about retirement, 
books people had read, snippets 
about classmates, etc. Unfortunately, 
some weren't able to come: Sharon 
Singletary Vanzant was organizing her 
son's wedding, Pam Sinex Subalusky's 
father was ill; Pamela Tipton Newton 
was organizing her son's move to VA. I get 
back about every 2-3 years, hope we'll all 
get together then. I'm now (I hope) in my 
last year before retirement, working as the 
Faculty Team Manager (social sciences) 
at the U. of Reading Library. I'm also 
the economics librarian and coordinator 
for Library staff development. I'll miss 
the students and helping them find 
information, but as I drag myself to each 
committee meeting, I say, "only 2 more 
to go!" When I retire, I hope to do more 
family history research, learn to teach 
English as a foreign language, improve 
my French, get to more films, etc. Graham 
and I may move to France, but haven't 
decided on the area, probably within a 
couple of hours' drive of Calais. We now 
have a quiet house, my daughter having 
just finished her MSC in Organizational 
Psychology at City U. in London and in the 
midst of job-hunting. My son has started 
Computer Science at the U. of Kent in 
Canterbury (graduation in the cathedral, 
my favorite bit!). 

Dina Moser McGuinn (San Miguel, 
Mexico): Dina and Tom moved to Mexico 
in Sept., although she arrived later than 
Tom and Vader (The Dog) because she 
went via Paris to visit sister Lynn after 
leaving Seattle. Kate is expecting a baby 
in late fall, still working for Pfizer. Ian is 
finishing his Master's at Fletcher School 
of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts and is 
engaged to be married. Stephen uses his 
new MSW to work at Riker's Island, NYC's 
largest jail. 

Jean Rushin Brown (Wilton, CT): 
We've had a good year! Son Rob moved to 
London in Apr. to start a job with Deutch 
Bank in the Commercial Real Estate area. 
We garden and watch the State widen 
the main road (Rt 7.) running through 
the middle of town. We miss our trips to 
W&L, but now have the opportunity to go 
to London. Hope everyone has a happy 
holiday season. 

Susan Scanlan (Alexandria, VA): 
No glad tidings from the Scanlan Corner. 
Following a suspicious mammogram, a 
needle biopsy, a failed lumpectomy, and 
an MRI core biopsy, I underwent a double 
mastectomy and breast reconstruction 
on Halloween (the surgical team wore 
masks for the occasion). Jared graduated 
from mere hero to saint as he herded me 
through a 4 month mental meltdown/self- 
pity party. The most surreal occasion was 
when we met with the mastectomy lady. 
She tried to sell us on these (no kidding!) 
magnetized snap-on prostheses that come 
in 14 sizes, 17 colors, and 9 nipple styles. 
They were displayed in Tiffany-like boxes 
with fancy bows and tissues, appropriate 
since they cost (again, no kidding!) $4,000 
a-piece or $8,000 a-pair. I selected a 
mocha colored Double-D version and 
held it up to Jared's chest and asked, 
"Whaddya think, Hon?" His response: 
"More than a mouthful is conspicuous 
consumption!" My plastic surgeon is a 
foaming-at-the-mouth feminist who drives 
a Harley. She guarantees I'll eventually 
boast a pair of Barbie Doll, gravity-free 
bosoms, and we'll haul them along on 
her bike when we go spit on George 
Bush's grave. Gallow's humor helps, so 
I'll close with bittersweet "vinaigrette." 
After repainting the guest bedroom last 
weekend, I was outside frantically planting 
76 pansies and 8 hydrangeas. (I nourish 
a passion for blue flowers.) A neighbor 
stopped to praise my courage in building 
a beautiful garden for next spring when 
I'd "be healthy again." All the while, I'm 
thinking, "I'll be damned if any of the 
funeral guests will cast aspersions on my 
housekeeping!" Everybody go out right 
now and get your mammograms! 

(Editor's Note: Jared reported on 
Nov. 1st that Susan's surgery went 
well. "She is remarkably pain free and 
of good spirits, due in no small part to 
her anticipation of the process being far 
worse than the process itself.") 

Pamela Tipton Newton (New Bern, 
NC): I'm getting my feet wet on a Board 
of Directors and finding out just how busy 
it can keep the novice Board member. 
Although I took a bad fall this summer, 
tearing tendons and ligaments in my left 
foot, I'm slowly recovering, for the past 
week I've been taking a daily Vi hour 
walk, real progress for me! Whether I ever 
return to being the Twinkle Toes of Tap 
remains to be seen, but it is my ambition 
to strap on those tap shoes again! 

AtLee Walker (Montross, VA) got a 
granddaughter in Oct. '04 (Did I report 
that already?), and retired for the 2nd 
time in Oct. '05. Doing art (mixed media) 
full-time at home now, and loving every 
minute of it! 

I'm eager to hear from the rest of 
you. Please update your addresses (snail 
mail and email). 


Virginia 0. Eldridge Eaton 
461 Rittenhouse Boulevard 
Jeffersonville, PA 19403-3382 


Gale Hull Whetzel 
2696 Coventry Road 
Columbus, Ohio 43221-3226 

Lynne Manov Sprinsky 
The Old Smithy 
Montoursville, PA 17754 

Greetings at the beginning of this 
holiday season! I hope you are in the 
best of health and happiness! During 
our last reunion, which was just 
wonderful, Lynne Manov Sprinsky 
and I were elected class secretaries 
for the coming years. We look forward 
to hearing from all of you! For our 1 st 
attempt, we didn't contact people with 
e-mail, so we'll have to catch up with 
you for the next time. If you do have e- 
mail and were not contacted, please let 
us know, we'll correct your information. 
Otherwise, we'll try to contact you by 
snail mail or phone. 

Despite a crazy commute from 
MD, Miriam Washabaugh Meglan 
thoroughly enjoys her organ studies at 
E. Carolina St. U. with Janette Fishell 
and Colin Andrew. Our 2006 Reunion 
Service of Remembrance last spring 
was an amazing experience for her. 
She extends many, many thanks to 
Kathy Garcia Pegues, whose came 
up with the idea, to everyone who 
participated in the Alumnae Choir, 
and to all of her very dear friends 
and classmates whose support and 
encouragement made the occasion so 
special. She looks forward to spending 
more time on campus working with the 
Alumnae House and the new Chaplain 
on the coming year's Alumnae service. 

Becky Randolph Boyers saw 
several classmates over the past few 
months: Jeannette Bush Miller, Nan 
Glaser LaGow, Michela English, 
Barbie Gracey Backer and Meredith 
Mill. She is grateful for the strong 
friendships forged at SBC. Daughter 
Grace is a sophomore at U. of Mary 
Washington, and son Randolph is a 
sophomore at St. Christopher's School 
near our home in Richmond. Retirement 
is not in the short term plans! Husband 
Scott is in commercial real estate; she 
is between careers at the moment. 

Barbie Gracey Backer writes: "life 
in my neck of the woods is very good. 
My husband, Ron, and I still run our 
insurance business, focusing on medical 
malpractice insurance for physicians, 
surgeons, and dentists. It keeps us on 
our toes: the FL climate has been very 
volatile over the past years. When things 
calm down, I'm grateful to work a little 
less. I'm on the board of a local women's 
shelter, Wayside House, which brings me 
great joy and purpose. I've tried to focus 
my volunteer energies on this charity; I 
feel called to it. My children are happy 
and healthy, generally moving in the 
right direction in life. John is a junior at 
Auburn studying finance; David is 1st 
year at UVA studying engineering; Katie 
is a senior in h. s. and has not decided 
where to go. We were recently at David's 
Parent's Weekend in Charlottesville 
and saw Jeannette Bush Miller, Becky 
Randolph Boyers and Nan Glaser Lagow. 
Jeannette 's daughter, Liz, is a 1st year 
engineering student, like my David. We 
had a wonderful time together laughing 
like college kids again. I don't know if 
this should go into our notes, but today 
SBC friend, Kari Anderson Shipley '76, 
was honored as a Woman of Grace by 
our local hospital association. Over 500 
people honored Kari for volunteer work in 
our community. I was very proud of Kari 
and the caliber of women that SBC turns 
out. Last year, we took our children to 
Budapest, Hungary; my cousin's husband 
was the U.S. Ambassador there. We 
stayed in the embassy residence. The 
children loved riding in the bullet-proof 
car. We went back in the summer on a 
1 2-day Mediterranean Cruise. It was a 
wonderful being with teenagers almost 
ready to leave the nest. That's about it. 
I'm very grateful for a life of excellent 
health, happy children, a supportive 
husband, healthy parents, a purpose 
greater than myself, and wonderful Sweet 
Briar friends." 

Deborah Eck says "Gladly, I'm back 
in San Diego, America's Finest City, where 
I'm almost finished building my 'final' 
home (no more moving). It will have a 
magnificent view, is located not more 
than 1 5 min. from downtown and the 
airport. Everything is being done with an 
eye toward entertaining, so I'm hopeful 
old friends will let me know when they're 
headed to the West Coast. I'm still in the 
travel business, specializing in group 
business (class/family reunions, executive 
study tours, academic/cultural tours, 
association/club trips, consciousness- 
raising seminars, etc.). The groups I 
create for myself primarily go to Europe, 
and I've found tour escorting (different 
from "guiding") to be my calling. PS. No 
longer "Debbie" although "Deborah" is 
just fine, too!" 

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Judy Brown Fletcher, writes from 
Indianapolis, "I'm struggling with elderly 
parent issues, father-in-law (94), Dad 
(90), Mom (88). BUT right now our focus 
is on our Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 
bitch, CH. Riverwalks Lunar Diademe. She 
is currently (for this brief moment in time) 
ranked as the top bitch in her breed. We 
are away at dog shows most weekends. 
Last year she showed in the Eukanuba 
and Westminster shows. This year we 
may go to Eukanuba, but it's in CA, right 
after Thanksgiving, a looong way to travel 
in a minivan with a dog. Don't know 
about Westminster, we hope to breed her 
in January, and so will not show her while 
she is preggers. Other than that, I've lost 
30 pounds, finally found a program that 
works for me!" 

Libby Tyree Taylor wrote from 
CHINA! "Sorry to have missed SBC 
reunion. I get to Charlottesville rather 
often as my son is a 2nd year student 
at UVA. Last weekend was Parents' 
Weekend and I saw Jeannette Bush 
Miller while she was at UVA visiting her 
daughter. I squeezed in that weekend 
between a trip to Italy and China (where 
I am now). My daughter recently earned 
a Master's degree from St. Andrews 
in Scotland and is now living in NYC. 
Now that my children are at home for 
vacations, I have the freedom to travel 
with my husband. What fun! I'm still 
serving on our local school board and find 
that interesting. 

Cynthia "Cinny" Riddle checked 
in from the "rural fringe" of Los Angeles. 
"Son Cody (1 8), living on his own for the 
past year, is a student at Santa Monica 
Coll. He attended community colleges 
since he was 1 3, bypassing middle 
school and h. s. due to a unique blend of 
learning disabilities and giftedness (twice 
exceptional, as they call it; twice the 
headaches is what I call it). I finally have 
most of my life back, design books, direct 
Public Service Announcements about the 
impact that on-screen cigarette smoking 
has on teens (50% start smoking due 
to movies with smokers) and the role of 
lead and mercury in causing children's 
developmental delays. I produce and 
direct PSAs at a discount for good 
causes (children, animals, environment). 

Debbie Chasen Wyatt wrote a 
hilarious note from Italy. I'm leaving her 
grammar as is, so we can all appreciate 
the "hardships" of being overseas! She 
writes: "i am in Italy using a foreign 
computer with no question mark and 
other oddities, so can only say <i am 
painting away, soon to return to a major, 
major week long jury trial, after which <i 
am trying to taper off and do more writing 
and painting. <kids getting grown. <one 
in college, other cannot wait to be on his 

own and is delighted to have me gone for 
a week or so. <ciao, xhoew," 

Debbie, thank you for sending this! 

Susan "Susu" Schmidt told us 
that "attending SBC Reunion was my 
biggest pleasure this year! My heart was 
warmed when classmates welcomed me 
so hospitably. Clearly you all love and 
support each other; I am honored to be 
among you. I'm so proud each woman is 
confident and successful, (whether CEO, 
kindergarten teacher, or law partner); 
and healthy (especially if recovering 
from cancer); all dancing. When I walked 
through a brick arch late one night, I said 
out loud, 'Daddy, you were right,' because 
he wanted me to come to SBC." 

Martha Roton Terry writes: 1 
still remember the great time we had 
at our 35th reunion. I wish reunions 
came around more often than once 
every 5 years! Our class looked great! 
My main news from this past year was 
my trip to Italy and the Greek Isles with 
Frances Barnes Kennamer, absolutely 
wonderful. We visited Florence and Rome, 
then took a twelve day cruise to several 
Greek Isles, Dubrovnik, and Ephesus 
(in Turkey), ending in Venice. For me, 
the trip of a lifetime! Daughter Ann is a 
senior at the U. of AL, Journalism. She 
loves to write. Son Caldwell moved from 
Birmingham to Atlanta with 2 college 
buddies. They are in pursuit of the 
"perfect" jobs! I hope they're successful 
in finding them! 

Liz Mumford Wilson says, "I didn't 
get to the SBC Reunion, it was the same 
weekend as my son's graduation from 
h. s. He is at Denison in OH this year, 
taking him there in Aug., returned for 
parent's weekend 3 weeks ago brought 
back memories of my 1 st year at SBC. 
However, my parents were there to unload 
the car and that was it — no receptions, 
no inductions, just goodbye. It's done 
differently now. I've reminded him, more 
than once since he is really out of nagging 
distance, that studying doesn't mean a 
book propped open while sitting in front 
the TV. He knows that, but I saw a lot 
of that freshman 1 st semester. Not 2nd 
semester. Hello to all from Cape Cod. P.S.: 
website: " 

Ginger Lord McKee wrote to tell 
us happy news! "I'm sure Reunion 
successful. I'm sorry we were unable to 
attend. I actually filled out the reunion 
questionnaire and sent it last spring. 
Assuming it was passed on to you, I can 
update it with the birth of Emily, our 1st, 
loveliest grandchild, born in Austin, TX, 
Aug. 19. 1 look forward to seeing pictures 
and hearing more about everyone." 

Dee Kysor is "well. I have my own 
house-call holistic veterinary practice in 
the Richmond area. It keeps me busy. 
Daughter Jennifer is in her final year of a 
Ph.D. program in personality psychology 

at the U. of IL in Champaign Urbana. She 
hopes to get a job on the East Coast. She 
and I went on a 1 month road trip out 
West that included a wonderful week- 
long trail ride to Zion, Bryce and the north 
rim of the Grand Canyon, a great trip. 
Husband George Crafts is a storyteller. I 
write songs or find folk music to go along 
with his stories. We call ourselves Woven 
Yarns. We performed at the UVA Art 
Museum. This is a fun way to spend time 
together. We live in Goochland County, VA, 
with 3 cats, 4 horses, and a dog. All is 
well here. Jenny and I were in UT during 
Reunion, tough choices had to be made." 

Ellen Weintraub and I were 
discussing her distinctive e-mail address 
(involving the letters "SBC!) and she said, 
"Thank you! Looks like I was the first one 
to speak up when Yahoo started up their 
e-mail years ago. Also demonstrates that 
no matter how old and gray we get (LOL), 
we are all SBC 'girls' at heart! When I 
was President of the NYC SBC Alumnae 
Club I requested the e-mail address. I'm 
still living on the beach in South FL. My 
big news is the addition of my golden 
doodle puppy to my household. Most 
of you know it's not a big household, 
but at least I have someone loving and 
loyal to go down the path of life with 
me! He's the light of my life and a toy 
golden doodle, much smaller than the 
ones you see around, only 17 pounds. 
He's 3/4 toy poodle; 1/4 golden retriever, 
but with the golden retriever personality, 
very sweet. Has the brains of the poodle. 
The breeder is in Nicholasville, KY, near 
Lexington ( . I was 
so impressed with the professionalism 
and care I witnessed; they produced 
a real winner in BeauBeau. Highly 
recommended if anybody is shopping for 
a puppy. I'm still originating residential 
mortgages as a licensed mortgage 
broker, so if anybody needs financing 
of property in FL, I promise to find you 
the best deal around. My Mom (91) is 
still going strong. She and Beau have 
become buddies; she comes over just to 
visit him! Her grand-dog is attached to 
her. He climbs up on my Dad's bed, right 
next to hers, and they snooze together 
when I leave him with her for a few 
hours, can't do it for longer, because his 
puppy rambunctiousness and her arthritis 
precludes her ability to walk him. I visited 
my godchild (Wendy Weiler's daughter) 
at SBC in January. We had SO much fun 
together! It was a real trip venturing back 
into Meta Glass! We had a lovely dinner 
together with Caroline's roommate, too, 
at Main Street in Lynchburg, excellent 
restaurant by the way! We celebrated 
something special: BOTH made the 
Dean's List after their 1st semester at 
SBC. Was I a proud godmother or what?! 
Can't wait to spend more time with my 
gorgeous, brilliant godchild!" 

Marguerite Smith Willis writes 
that she is living in Florence, SC. is 
married to the Mayor, Frank Willis. She 
still practices antitrust law, although she 
has to commute everyday to her office in 

Alison Jones sent a long note! 
"To get the real scoop, you must come 
east and spend a weekend with Jean 
Mackenzie Thatcher and me! She and I 
have become godmothers to each other's 
daughters, stay in touch regularly on 
issues of child-rearing, the environment, 
starting a publishing house, memories, 
and other un-publish-able topics! In 
Oct., I'm on a press trip to the Piemonte/ 
Turin region of Italy, in Nov. to Ethiopia. 
Thanksgiving week I'm taking youngest 
daughter Elizabeth for her 30th birthday 
to visit my sister in St Croix. Elizabeth 
is in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 
a 5-year Ph.D. program in Sustainable 
Architecture. For Christmas she and I 
will join her sister from Seattle in Santa 
Barbara, CA, my home for 7 years, and 
offer a bit of sunshine to my fog-bound 
elder daughter pursuing a career in 
environmental resource management, 2 
masters degrees so far. Early autumn was 
busy with a big exhibit on "The Waters of 
Africa: No Water— No Life" and a couple 
of lectures on "Conservation through 
Photography: Focus on Africa. " 

Michela English writes: "Sorry I 
missed the Reunion, but I saw Barbie, 
Becky Randolph Boyers, and Nan 
Glaser LaGow, and Jeannette Bush this 
summer, great fun. I see Kathy Garcia 
Pegues periodically at SBC. I've started 
a new job as President and CEO of Fight 
For Children, a Washington based charity 
that helps improve education and health 
care opportunities for low income kids in 
DC. It's very rewarding; I'm really enjoying 
it. Our kids are both in Miami, great fun. 
Eleanore (22), doing Teach For America 
for 2 years, is assigned to a middle 
school teaching English and remedial 
Math. Will (1 9) is a freshman at the U. of 
Miami studying marine biology." 

Louise Dempsey McKean reports: 
"all is well here in NH. It's hard to believe 
we've been here since 1974! We're 
fortunate to have both of our married 
daughters living in NH; Molly, a lawyer, 
lives in Concord with husband Rick and 
son Tucker (1 9 mo.). Margot works in 
commercial real estate, lives in Kingston. 
NH, with husband Chris. Our son, 
Matthew, is a sous-chef in northern CA, 
too far away! We bought our 'retirement' 
home in La Malbaie. Quebec, where I 
spent all my summers growing up. It is 
90 miles NE of Quebec City; we use the 
house all year long. May sound crazy 
since everyone else goes south, but it 
makes sense for us. We will all be there 
for the holidays. It takes Matthew nearly 
2 days to get there by plane from Areata, 

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Winter 2007 • 49 

CA, but he says it's worth it! Our plan is 
to spend 6 months there, 6 months here 
in NH, with a few side trips to Bermuda 
to warm up. 

"My title abstracting career is on hold 
because the residential real estate market 
is in a total slump. I'm still translating 
for the many refuges who stream into 
NH from French parts of Africa, very 
rewarding. I have a sister in Richmond 
and keep hoping to get back to VA but all 
of our family reunions are up north. We 
made it back to UVA last year for Ted's 
35th reunion. 

Sorry to have missed our SBC Reunion, 
had a family wedding in FL that weekend." 

Anne Wiglesworth Murioz was 
happy to report that "I actually do have 
some news this year. Milton retired in 
Jun. after 31 years of teaching; we've 
had a wonderful time ever since. I was 
'invited' to do the UT Arts Festival last 
Jun., which was fun in spite of 4, 13-hour 
days in the heat. Then in Jul. we went to 
Oaxaca, Mexico for a week to visit Aliria 
(21) doing a 2 month nursing internship 
at a clinic there. We've never seen her 
so happy. In Aug., I got word that a quilt I 
had entered in the AQS International Quilt 
Show in Nashville had won 1st prize in 
the Wall Quilts category. That happened 
just before our month-long, 6,345 mi. 
road trip cross-country. We traveled all 
the way to ME, stopped to see friends 
and family along the way. No set schedule 
and lots of fun. On the way home, we saw 
Maya (25) in MO in her 2nd year of med. 
school. We have trips planned to KY to 
see my Dad in Nov., Colombia in Jan. to 
see Milton's parents. It's a good year." 

Wendy Norton Brown sounds much 
like me (Gale) when she says: "I wish I 
had news! I loved Reunion and catching 
up with everyone. I do have news from 
Kathy Wilson Lamb, but hopefully SHE 
will send it since I finally got her back 
to Reunion! They bought a house and 
property in Lexington, VA, will retire and 
move there in Feb! They'll be close to us 
in Wintergreen (when we are there!), only 
2 hours from Richmond. We're so happy 
they found something they are both 
excited about! Of course we are jealous 
they'll be retiring!" 

No sooner had we received Wendy's 
note, when Kathy wrote: "Rex and I have 
big news. He is retiring Dec. 31st; we've 
sold our house in Atlanta, and bought 
1 on 1 1 % acres in Lexington, VA! Our 
new address will be 93 Riverbend Dr., 
Lexington 24450; we love visitors. We'll 
move in Feb., have spent every weekend 
since Aug. cleaning out the crap we've 
accumulated over 23 years in that house! 
It's a little sad, liberating and tedious." 

Jacque Penny wrote: "We're 
experiencing a mild hurricane season, I'm 
most grateful. I enjoyed Reunion, so many 
great memories ... I enjoy teaching, 

although I've been transferred — I'm at 
the jail, but not in jail (haha) — covering 
for a sick co-teacher. I'll be there 
4-12 weeks (eek), it's eye-opening 
and depressing! 4 days I tutor K-3rd 
kids in reading for the 'No Child Left 
Behind' program, their innocence and 
joy balance the ugliness. Had a lovely 
visit to Prince Edward Island, Canada 
where my parents live in the summer, 
a delightful place (land of Anne of 
Green Gables — incidentally written by 
Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1 st cousin to 
Mirinda Macclure, my mother's maternal 
grandmother). Met cousins, visited lots 
of graves, quite a grounding experience 
(pardon the pun). Terrorists put a crimp in 
travel plans, hoped to visit Ireland and/or 
Scotland or Spain soon. The idea of flying 
out of Heathrow on American is daunting. 
Our world is a mess, what a legacy. We 
need HUGE change, what can we do 
about it? Let's put our collective Sweet 
Briar heads together and bring peace to 
the planet. I send you both and all of our 
classmates love and good wishes." 

Marilyn Kolb wrote: "After a mild 
heart attack last Nov., I went back to work 
as Director of Risk Management and 
Compliance for Mellon 's Private Wealth 
Management group, a job my daughter 
says I was "stupid" to take since it is the 
one everyone points to when things go 
wrong. (Is anyone more honest with you 
than your kids about how dumb you are?) 
Having tried to get back in the groove, 
I've haven't had the energy or interest to 
take all the problems on my shoulders, 
have opted to retire early next year. Then I 
can plan lovely trips, take every museum 
class I've ever wanted and never had 
the time, maybe throw out some of the 
house's mess after 25 years here! I 
look forward to spending time with the 
increasing number of my friends who are 
themselves retired — all of whom seem 
blissfully happy with their lives these 
days! My daughter is a sophomore at 
Reed Coll., Portland, OR (how nice, I get 
to visit my daughter and my sister, who 
lives there, when I visit!), my younger 
daughter is a junior in h. s. who vacillates 
between wanting to go to Oxford, to 
thinking art school in NY or San Francisco 
sounds great. A typical nerve wracking 
junior year in h. s.! I'll see Diana Zeidel, 
Mimi Pitts Dixon and Caroline Murray 
Tuttle in Gettysburg in early Nov. at 
the marriage of Mimi's daughter. Diana 
continues to work part-time doing training 
all over the country, and lives either in 
FL or DE depending on the time of year. 
Mimi continues at the National Right to 
Work Foundation. Her husband retired a 
year ago so she may be a "short-timer" 
too. Caroline's daughter was married a 
couple of years ago in Greensboro, still 
lives there. Caroline and her husband still 
live in Reidsville. Rick is retired." 

Jill Lowry Wiemer tells: "I have 
enjoyed retirement and becoming a 
grandmother. I now have 2 grandchildren, 
Parker Caroline (2) and little brother 
Whit (10 months). They've kept me 
busy traveling back and forth between 
my home in FL and theirs in SC. Last 
year, George and I bought my mother's 
summer house outside of Highlands, NC. 
It's close to my grandchildren; we've 
enjoyed spending part of the summer in 
the cool mountain air. I've taken up golf, 
really enjoy it. My other excitement has 
been planning 2 weddings. 2nd daughter 
Juli will marry in Jan. and youngest 
daughter Betsy will marry Apr. of next 
year. These are happy times." 

Carol Remington Foglesong 
happily writes: "Jameson Riley Foglesong 
arrived on Saturday, 1 0/7/06, at the very 
considerate hour of 1 :50 p.m. giving his 
Boca Raton grandparents time to drive 
up to Orlando and me time to get back to 
Orlando from Palm Coast. He was 6 lbs 
13 oz, 22" long. He has a head of brown/ 
dark red (maybe) hair, cute as a button 
(no grandmotherly prejudice I assure 
you!). He's had a bit of a rocky start 
with some difficulty absorbing oxygen 
and some leftover fluid in his lungs. He 
delivered very quickly and with almost no 
stress or pushing by mom Crissy, which 
may be the reason for the fluid. He's 
doing much, much better, the kids (Crissy 
and Eric) hope he can come home Sun. 
The cradle arrived back in Orlando from 
my brother in Seattle on Tues. where it's 
been for 20 years. Jameson will be the 
5th generation to sleep in the cradle (my 
paternal grandfather, my mother, me, 
both my boys, and now him). Mother's 
brother, Uncle Pete, said: "This kid is 
pretty smart. He knew his bed wouldn't 
be ready for him on Monday and so he 
decided to stay in the hospital a couple 
of extra days where he knew he'd have 
a bed. It's amazing to see your son have 
a son. Crissy and Eric have handled the 
drama of these 1 st few days well. I'm so 
proud of them for working together and 
supporting each other. Celebrations are 
in order!" 

Lynne Manov Sprinsky finds life 
fascinating, mostly as a result of her 
studies with the Balimo™ curriculum 
offered through Equestrian Education 
Systems, Inc. The things she's learning 
about learning make her head spin! She's 
a much more effective lower-level riding 
teacher. After only mental practice, she 
rode a flying lead change for the 1 st time 
on a loaned Grand Prix horse in Germany, 
Sept. 06. She'll complete the Balimo™ 
certification process in 2007 and will 
then be available for clinics. (Balimo 
stands for Balance in Motion.) 

And I, Gale Hull Whetzel. have been 
busy having various body parts removed 
due to kidney cancer, a lesser-known 

cancer with numbers that rise yearly. 
I've been very lucky so far, but many 
are not. This is my plug for making any 
kind of donation you can to the Kidney 
Cancer Association! Husband Gene and 
I are very active in our church here in 
Columbus; we've made wonderful friends 
there. Several of them went with me to 
FL during my treatments at the Moffitt 
Cancer Center in Tampa! Youngest son 
Jamie married a wonderful girl from 
Cleveland, Sept. '05. They met at UNC. 
They're both physical therapists (which 
does NOT mean you get free massages!), 
and live in Chapel Hill. It is wonderful 
to finally have a GIRL in my family! Our 
oldest son works here, lives 5 minutes 
away. We see him monthly when he 
needs to do laundry! I haven't ridden for 
a long time, but I do see Tricia "Honey" 
Hammer frequently. She still teaches 
riding, judges at horse shows, travels 
with her job. With her busy schedule, she 
comes to our house as often as possible, 
and promptly falls asleep the couch! Only 
good friends can do that, right? Gene and 
I still have 2 dogs, a retarded cat, and 
3 parrots that talk and bite. All rescues. 
(Another plug!) Animals in some form will 
always be a part of my life (if they can 
live in the house). That's it for now folks! 
Lynne and I were thrilled to hear from 
you who e-mailed; we promise to get 
the reminder cards out to those of you 
who do not have e-mail next time. (Look 
for your response card in the Alumnae 
Magazine. It should be in this issue!) Take 
good care, all of you out there. 


Jill Johnson 
Vienna, VA 22182 

Mary Heller 

3051 Idaho Avenue, #31 8 

Washington, DC 20016-5733 

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Louise "Weezie" A. Blakeslee 


105 Centre St 

Milton, MA 02186 

The recent change in gathering news for 
our class notes has resulted in a relative 
dearth of news. Call me old-fashioned, 
but I liked the double postcards that 
came in the mail, even though some 
gathered lint in the l-will-get-to-it-soon 
pile. I do like that we don't waste paper 
and money, but the postcards achieved 

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their goal. If it wasn't for Sue Dern 
Plank, we would be news-less! Kudos to 
Diane Dale Reiling and the Seattle SBC 
Alumnae Club whose efforts brought 3 
students from their area. Sue Dem Plank 
attended Homecoming at SBC, the only 
class representative. Joan May Harden 
had hoped to attend, but because of 
daughter's Lexington wedding, couldn't 
take more time off work. Sue wrote that 
being the only member of 73 didn't 
matter, "there's an instant bonding 
among alums that transcends age and 
class year. Nancy Mortenson Piper 74, 
her committee, and the Alumnae Office 
did a great job keeping all the alums 
"informed, entertained and, of course, 
fed, it being Sweet Briar!" Sue visited 
with Miss Sprague the day before her 
94th birthday who lives in a retirement 
center, Lynchburg. At Founder's Day 
Convocation, Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer 
'64, the 1 st woman to earn a master's 
degree in Aerospace Engineering at UVA, 
was honored. Then it was on and up to 
Monument Hill following the bagpiper 
in 90+ degree heat. The seniors wore 
their "formal" black robes; the other 
robes decorated by their "little sisters" 
are worn to class. There were panels of 
students, music, a magician and even 
karaoke for the night owls. The new 
Nature Center, formerly water plant, was 
dedicated. Teams of engineering students 
raced self-designed cardboard boats on 
the lake, only 1 sank! Sue writes: "the 
campus is thriving; a dynamic place filled 
with highly capable, energetic, talented 
students who are pleased with the 
quality of education they receive from the 
demanding, yet supportive, faculty and 
administration. The class of '09 is the 
largest in years." Sue's daughter, a junior 
at Dickinson Coll., is majoring in policy 
management studies. Next semester, 
she'll study abroad. Sue anticipates a visit 
with her and friends from her St. Andrews 
days. David continues to work for The 
Gordian Group, a job order contracting 
firm based in Greenville, SC, although he 
is based in upstate NY. Sue volunteers at 
an environmental education conservation 
center, teaches elementary students 
about the natural world. All 3 obtained 
their advanced open water scuba diving 
certification, Jan. '05 in Belize. 

Betsie Meric Gambel and husband 
Jerry Alexander survived the worst of 
Hurricane Katrina relatively unscathed. 
Her brother, his family, their parents 
weren't as fortunate. Betsie reports that 
the city is returning to life slowly, but 

Laurie Norris Coccio and husband 
Chris live in Milton, NY. In Aug.. Laurie 
became the principal of a small area 
elementary school. Elder daughter 
Stephanie completed her master's at 
Oxford (Laurie and Chris attended the 

graduation, Oct. '04), now works on 
her doctorate at there. Laurie's younger 
daughter lives in the Albany, NY area. 

Ginger Woodard Gast finds her 2nd 
year of teaching 2nd grade much easier 
than the 1st. Youngest daughter Katie 
is in 9th grade. Her middle daughter is 
in the English National Ballet School in 
London, will receive a degree from Trinity 

Kathy Pretzfelder Steele's 2 
daughters graduated, moved out of state. 
Oldest Tracy completed Pepperdine 
School of Law (Malibu, CA), May '05 and 
is now an associate attorney in a Chicago 
law firm. Daughter Kelly graduated from 
Fairfield U. (CT), May '05, majoring 
in Biology and Marine Biology, is now 
an Animal Trainer for the killer whales 
(Shamu) at Sea World in Orlando. Both 
of them love their jobs and their new 
homes. She and David celebrated their 
33rd anniversary in Jun., still work hard, 
planning their next trip to visit 1 of the 

Diane has been elected to the SBC 
Board of Directors. She is one of the 3 
Alumnae Board representatives and will 
serve on the External Affairs Committee. 
This commitment involves being at SBC 4 
times a year, quite a task for a west coast 

And, I, "Weezie" Blakeslee Gilpin 
claim the negligent class secretary 
award. I continue as the Associate 
Dean of Students, Milton Academy and 
love the wild uproar of working with 
650 adolescents. Summers on the 
vineyard, I work at a produce stand, 
look for sea glass, read, and garden, 
a wonderful combination! Bob does 
independent college counseling and 
year-off consulting, has more business 
than I would think possible. Alexa runs 
the MD office of a Boston-based tutoring 
company; Blake is in the home stretch 
of his Ph.D. thesis in American History. 
Christopher works at Rye Country Day 
School while taking courses at the 
Bank Street School of Education, NYC. I 
have the sad news that Lillian Dugger 
London died on Oct. 6, '06. Her name 
will be read at the Alumnae Memorial 
Service, Reunion, spring '07. Keep in 
touch and email me your news. I look 
forward to hearing from you. 


Hannah L Pillsbury 
7132 W Tamarack Ct 
Mequon.WI 53092-8517 


Karin Lindgren 

124 Lakeview Avenue 

Lantana, FL 33462 

Johna Pierce Stephens and family 
still live in Davidsonville, MD. Johna 
made a major change by taking an 
"early out" retirement and resigning her 
position as Director of Information and 
Administrative Services in the Office 
of Communications within the Office 
of the Secretary at USDA. Many of our 
classmates remember that Johna worked 
there as an editorial assistant while we 
were in college. Over the years, she held 
a number of positions and in the late 
'90s, completed Senior Executive Service 
training while serving as Deputy Press 
Secretary to the Secretary of Agriculture. 
She worked in communications her whole 
career and served as a member of teams 
that produced the Dietary Guidelines for 
Americans, the Food Guide Pyramid, and 
food safety (think "Mad Cow" disease, 
e. coli) and homeland security (before 
and after Sept. 11) communications. As a 
departmental press official, press issues 
interrupted more than a few of Johna's 
holidays and vacations. "So now," writes 
Johna, "I'm delighted to spend more time 
with only child Rachael as she finishes 
h. s., heads to college next fall (alas, SBC 
is not on her list). Rachael continues to 
show her horse (I'm her best groom and 
exercise jock!) and Tom still sponsors 
drag racing cars (2), travels for fun and 
work. I was very sad to hear of Bart 
Whiteman's death. I spent many hours 
in Sweet Briar House rehearsing as part 
of his musical group, and saw him in the 
1 st few years after our graduation, losing 
touch when he moved from the DC area. 
I'll always remember his intensity and his 
humor. Pax." 



Ann Kevin Kiley Crenshaw 
1216 Cedar Point Dr 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 


Suzan Marie Faist Jagger 
Goshen, CT 06756 

Mrs. John Daniel Kelley 
(Paula Jennifer Brown) 
10617 Donovans Hill Drive 
Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039 

Janet Rakoczy 
10135 Glenmere Road 
Fairfax, Virginia 22032 

Many thanks to classmates who wrote us 
about their busy lives! Out of our group 
of e-mail addresses, several bounced 
back or were secure that our message 
requesting notes was not delivered. If 
you would like to be contacted as part of 
our e-mail group, please e-mail to one or 
both of us (e-mail addresses above). This 
is a wonderful way to stay in touch and 
keep our class united! 

Most of us will have turned or are 
about to turn 50, can you believe it?! 
Several classmates wrote of their birthday 
celebrations. Wonderful stories are 
included in our notes. This has also been 
a year of family losses. Our hearts go out 
to those who have lost loved ones. 

Our classmates seem busier than 
ever with interesting careers and 
travels! We enjoyed hearing about the 
achievements of so many classmates' 
children and the community service that 
a few of you are able to fit into your busy 
lives. Several of you are experiencing 
"empty nest" syndrome. How quickly time 

Jane Lauderdale Armstrong 
teaches religion in Junior High at 
Westminster Schools, Atlanta. Jane has 
almost finished a M.A. in Theological 
Studies at Columbia Seminary. 
Husband Mike continues his work in 
the software business and is into his 
final year of service on the Washington 
and Lee Board of Trustees. Son David 
is a senior at Westminster, busy with 
football, community service, and college 
applications. Daughter Kate, in 9th grade, 
spends much of her time singing in 
the women's a cappella group. They've 
stepped up family travels while still living 
under 1 roof with 1 school calendar. 
Recent travels include Barbados, Costa 
Rica (where they ran into Lyn Spilman 
Williams) and the Galapagos Islands. 

Carey Johnson Fleming serves as 
senior director for the upstate affiliate of 
the American Heart Association. Husband 
David is back from a 2-year consulting 
job in Atlanta, looking for something in 
Greenville. David III is a senior at the Coll. 
of Charleston and a full-time firefighter 
for the city. Ian is in 10th grade, thrilled 
to be playing on a Tier 1 AAA Hockey 
team called Team Carolina. Of course, 
this means playing hockey everywhere 

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EXCEPT NC or SC. The family will be in 
Toronto the week between Christmas and 
New Years for a tournament. Carey loves 
riding her horse, Galina, tries to ride at 
least 4 times a week! 

From St. Louis, Dudie Hiemenz 
OiLeo laments that it's so quiet now 
that she and Tony are empty nesters. 
Dudie is looking for part-time work as a 
teacher's aide. Tony currently works in the 
investment and tax field. Dan (22) attends 
Cornell, is on their hockey team. Laura 
(20) studies nursing at Georgetown. 
Dudie keeps in touch with Ann Key 
Lucas and Cathy Mellow Goltermann. 

Cannie Crysler Shafer and sister 
Sophie lost their wonderful mother late 
last year. She's thankful for the support 
of many friends and her children to 
jiggle her back into action. Francie, a 
sophomore at Northeastern U., Boston, is 
a member of the Varsity Women's Crew 
team, a communications major, and had 
a great year academically. Connie proudly 
screamed across the Charles River last 
year when Francie won a gold medal at 
The Head of the Charles. Son Blake says 
he gets "too much attention" now. He's a 
junior at Episcopal Academy, so they're 
starting the college search! He is 6'4" 
and not finished growing, plays all varsity 
sports and the drums! The family worked 
together at Camp Susquehannock this 
summer and Cannie loves having Geordie 
Stewart (Mary Page Stewart's son) on 
staff there as a counselor! Cannie admits 
succumbing-a bit-to husband Win's latest 
passion/hobby, birding, which she finds 
less frustrating than her golf games with 

Carrie Ruda Clark guesses a lot 
of us had the "big" birthday this year! 
Hers was a memorable milestone as her 
sister and brother-in-law got family and 
friends together to help her celebrate. 
Additionally, a friend offered his flat 
in Florence, Italy, so she seized the 
opportunity, took her boys to Italia for 1 
days (a birthday gift to herself)! John (22) 
finishes at Eton U. (NC) in Dec. '06 with a 
B.S. in physics. Andrew (1 8) is a 
h. s. senior. Carrie's new "hobby" is social 
dancing with a group at a local National 
Park Service Center for the Arts. It's great 
fun and good exercise, but she had no 
idea how much there is to coordinate! 
Carrie and Janet Rakoczy work very 
closely together at the same investment 
advisory firm. Janet's dog, Brandy, is the 
office mascot! 

Melanie Bowen Steglich is busy 
and having fun. She had 2 apparel 
markets back to back including traveling 
to Las Vegas for the Magic Show. Lee 
came out met her for a relaxing time over 
Labor Day weekend. They went to Hoover 
Dam, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, and 
hiking in the Red Rock Canyon. It was 
a great time! This year, they remodeled 

their kitchen. Melanie loves the finished 
product, but was about to scream with 
workmen around all the time. Dogs, Molar 
and Doc are doing fine, still kings of the 
household. Lee gave Melanie the biggest 
surprise party for her 50th birthday. 
Melanie says he "did GOOD!" Mexican 
food, margaritas, champagne toast, cake, 
and a Barbie pinata to boot! After several 
margaritas, Melanie was blindfolded and 
turned round and round. With baseball 
bat swinging, she broke the pinata 
filled with Depend diapers, Polygrip for 
dentures, laxatives, corn pads, Johnson's 
Foot Soak, and many more lovely things 
that help as one grows older. Melanie 
says Happy Birthday to every one as we 
gracefully turn 50 and offers the following 
tip: Extra Strength Bengay really does 
help sore back muscles. 

Claire Cartwright Vaughan has 
sons at Texas A&M U. and U of TX. 
She has been busy with Images for developing a new 
type of environmental protection based 
on nature photography contests and 
vacations on private ranches. Claire and 
husband George visited Ann Yauger 
in Atlanta this spring. They also saw 
Jane Lauderdale Armstrong, Libby 
Freeman Goetz, and Nancy Hatch 
Schwartzmiller 79. 

Susan Negaard Harley marks 
her 25th year with Cardinal Health 
and maintains a busy travel schedule. 
Her part-time marketing position is 
almost back to full-time as she travels 
to Europe often. Recent months found 
her in Portugal, Munich and Shanghai. 
She misses her family! Andrew (1 3) 
and Caroline (1 0) are both growing up 
quickly. Husband David is an attorney 
and the family lives in, loves Lake Bluff, 
north of Chicago. On the SBC front, 
Susan spent a long, lovely Aug. weekend 
in Charlottesville with Betsy Wood, 
Leigh Ramsay Simmons and Maggie 
Laurent Gordy. It seemed like they never 
moved away from each other! They saw 
Montpelier, did the spa thing, shopped, 
ate and drank to excess, obviously in 
training for our next big reunion in 2 
years and looking forward to it! 

Cathy Mellow Goltermann reports 
life is good. She teaches preschool (3 and 
4 year old nuggets). Husband Chris still 
runs his shoelace company. Their twin 
daughters (1 6) are driving, yikes! The 
girls, sophomores, are into cheerleading 
and field hockey. Son (1 4) 8th grade 
is into tennis. . .yeah! The Goltermann 
family took their annual trips this year, FL 
in spring and Wl in summer. The family 
enjoys water skiing, wakeboarding, 
tubing, and sailing. Cathy keeps up with 
Ann Key Lucas and Jenny Craig when 
she is in Naples. 

Donna Mihalik J. G. Lee and 
husband Dennis had a wonderful time 

in IL this summer with grandchildren. 
Dennis has poetry forthcoming in 
Alimentum and Pacific Review. Look 
for Donna's poetry in Frontiers: A 
Journal of Women Studies; Janus Head: 
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 
in Literature, Continental Philosophy, 
Phenomenological Psychology, and the 
Arts; and the inaugural issue of Touch 
(UMKC School of Medicine), which 
should appear in the waiting rooms of 
hospitals and doctors' offices. Her book, 
On the Altar of Greece, winner of the 
'05 Gival Press Poetry Award, is due to 
be released in Oct. '06. Donna also has 
news of Sept. family wedding. Dennis's 
daughter married (Sept.); the newly weds 
traveled to Scotland and Ireland on their 
honeymoon. Donna keeps in contact with 
Debbie Dalton Knapp. 

Very sorry to hear that Deborah 
Dalton Knapp's husband Steve passed 
away on 1 2/1 2/06. Debbie and son 
Patrick (3) survive him. We're all very 
sorry to have received this news. Our 
sympathies go out to Debbie and her 

Barbara Mendelssohn Price was 
delighted to find SBC friend, Laura Evans 
79 by accident when she saw a familiar 
face with an adorable Jack Russell terrier 
in the same FL apartment building where 
Barbara and her husband live. Barbara 
enjoyed a lunch with Laura and Graham 
Maxwell 79 until the restaurant started 
setting up tor dinner! Barbara found out 
that Bob Artinian, their former French 
teacher, lives in West Palm Beach. She 
plans to visit Bob and Tonya in winter. 
Graham works at the Norton Museum, 
is remarried with 2 teenage sons. Laura 
spends winters in Palm Beach and 
summers in Umbria, where she has 
renovated a property including 2 farm 
houses. For those interested, it's for 
rent. Barbara's 2 boys (a senior and a 
freshman) will be away at school this fall 
at Hotchkiss, CI Barbara and husband 
plan to visit the boys often, hope to 
squeeze in trips for just the 2 of them. 
Barbara takes design courses at the 
Corcoran School of Art and Design as 
she thinks about re-entering the work 
force. She rides 5 days each week as an 
amateur rider and says that one of the 
benefits of riding is seeing Becky Dane 
Evans at the stable. 

Eileen Scully thanks us for tracking 
her down, and comments: for her 50 is 
still quite a way ahead. She reminds us 
that most of our class didn't realize it at 
the time, but she was a child prodigy, 
arriving as a freshman when she was 
only 12 years old. Eileen is now a history 
professor at Bennington Coll., VT. 

Patricia Boyce lives on the north 
east coast in Monmouth County, NJ, is 
interested in hearing from other SBC 
78 graduates. She's a regional director 

for Wentworth Property Management, 
a national property management firm. 
Recently, she patented a squirrel repellant 

Kathy Jackson Howe. Mary Page 
Stewart, Robin Jones Eddy, Cannie 
Crysler Shafer, Barbara Behrens 
Peck. Deb Davison Klein and Dru 
Springer Oswalt had a great reunion at 
the Howe's wonderful mountain house in 
High Hampton, NC. Deb says, "Everyone 
looked great and we all had a blast." 
Mary says, "We had an amazing time." 
Barbara says, "It was if we had never 

Mary Page Stewart reports that 
time is flying by and it's scary! Ellie will be 
a senior at Bucknell this year. She spent 
last spring in Granada, Spain, fell in love 
with the Spanish way of life, and seems 
ready to move there. Geordie is a senior 
at Gilman, and is not sure where he'll go 
to college. He is looking south, maybe 
our old haunting grounds; that would be 
great. Mary and Bob can't figure how the 
kids keep getting older and they don't. 
Dru Springer Oswalt and Mary are 
collaborating on a children's book. It's 
still in the dream stage, but that's where 
great things start, right? 

Deb Davison Klein has lots of news, 
both happy and sad. Sadly her father, 
mother and sister Missy passed away 
last year. Happy note: Deb was engaged 
in Costa Rica, July '05 and Dec. 8, '05, 
was remarried to a wonderful man, Terry 
Klein, Aspen, CO. Deb and Terry live in 
a darling bungalow 2 blocks from the 
ocean in Laguna Beach, CA. Son Bo (22) 
is a senior at Loyola Marymount U. in Los 
Angeles; Whitney (20) is a junior at U of 
CO in Boulder; Peter (14), a freshman 
at Laguna Beach h. s., surfs and plays 
water polo. 

Lee Carollo Boyes confirms that 
this was the year of the big 50, but she 
has never felt better! Lee teaches h. 
s. chemistry and trains teachers in an 
environmental curriculum, which she also 
helps to edit and reform. Called Clean 
Air Challenge, it sponsored by industry. 
Teachers who attend receive free 
materials and a stipend! As part of that 
program, Lee traveled to China the past 
2 summers to teach Chinese educators 
a curriculum that they can teach their 
students. This year they met with some 
high ranking government officials to talk 
about aggressive steps being taken to 
clean the air before the '08 Olympics. 
Several EPA representatives visited 
to help out. Lee saw Tricia Mason 
Terraneo in San Diego last summer 
when Lee's son graduated from UCSD. 
He will teach English at a project based 
h. s., San Diego. Lee welcomes SBC 
alums coming to San Francisco to give 
her a shout. She stays busy ballroom 
dancing with her husband, riding 

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whenever she gets a chance, and walking 
her dogs. She just got a Chesapeake Bay 
retriever puppy that keeps her busy along 
with her 2 nephews (1 and 3)! 

Carol Baugh Webster reports 
that things are going well with her 
2 businesses, Cassel International 
(international business consulting) and 
Chocolate Graphics (selling licenses 
in the U.S. tor the technology to make 
personalized, embossed chocolates — 
very cool!). Twice she traveled to Australia 
to the corporate headquarters for 
Chocolate Graphics, which was great! 
Carol and husband Tim haven't had time 
to travel as much as they normally do, 
but last year spent a week at the beach in 
Gulf Shores with oldest stepson Brandon, 
his wife, and wonderful grandchildren 
Evan and Logan. In Oct., Carol and Tim 
went to Belize, which was fascinating! 
They missed all the hurricanes! In Feb. 
they spent a few days in Las Vegas with 
some of Carol's dear friends from h. s., 
celebrated 50th birthdays, enjoyed time 
together. Carol and Tim had their 10th 
anniversary, hope to do a special trip to 
celebrate it the next year or so. 

Barbara Behrens Peck and 
family moved to Hong Kong for a 2 year 
"expat" assignment. Husband Jeff is with 
International Textile Group, running their 
new office in Hong Kong and traveling 
all over Asia. They've completed the 1 st 
year and are just back from a summer 
holiday in NC (they kept their house 
in Greensboro), to begin the 2nd year. 
Daughters Sarah (1 6) and Haley (1 2) are 
great. Sarah loves the Hong Kong city 
life Barbara says it's nice to have h. s. 
teenagers who are not allowed to drive; 
there is good, safe public transportation 
everywhere! Haley has lots of nice 
friends, and while she finds that girls' 
sports fall short, does not lack for social 
opportunities! They attend Hong Kong 
International School, and are having 
the experience of a lifetime. Barbara 
takes advantage of living in Hong Kong 
by taking classes, going on cultural 
tours, and painting. The Pecks also 
travel a great deal as a family. They've 
been to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, 
and mainland China, places they never 
would have seen had they not been 
living in the heart of Asia! Barbara highly 
recommends giving the "expat" life a 
try if it is ever offered. She's amazed at 
the friendships forged in such a short 
time — it has definitely been worthwhile! 
Barbara would like to hear from any SBC- 
ers traveling to Hong Kong, would love to 
take you around! 

Suzanne Stryker Ullrich teaches 
6th grade science at a country day 
school, just gave up her 2nd job of the 
last 2 years as the executive director of 
a non-profit, volunteer-run after school 
program for 250-325 students. She and 

husband Rick thought it a good time for 
Suzanne to start work on her master's 
in Education since they didn't have 
anyone in college this year. She took a 
class over the summer, started another 
this fall. Suzanne comments, "Yes, it 
is weird being one of the oldest in the 
class! But I have something many of 
them don't, experience." Rick is busy with 
many engineering projects around the 
country, and expanding into alternative 
energy. The family traveled to MT with 
him where he attended a conference, 
enjoyed spectacular Glacier National Park 
complete with 20 feet of snow in mid- 
Jun. at the summit. Son Ned, a senior, 
very much wants to go to the Naval 
Academy. He spent a week there in June 
getting a taste of it, came home more 
pumped up than before he went! He is on 
track, but still has to get the appointment! 
In the meantime they are in the throws of 
applications and college trips. Alex (25) is 
engaged and hopes to marry in autumn 
'07. Andrew graduated from Gettysburg 
May '06 and hopes to continue in 
theatre! He had a 5 day stint with a one 
man show in DCs inaugural Capitol 
Theatre Fringe Festival last summer while 
continuing backstage work for a major 
production, For the Glory, a musical about 
the Civil War, in Gettysburg's Majestic 
Theatre following its 16+ million dollar 
renovation. The musical will play again 
next summer and is well worth the trip! 
Suzanne recently saw Jean Beard 
Barden in CT. 

Katherine Powell Heller and family 
visited wonderful destinations during 
the summer — Hilton Head Island, San 
Diego, Maui, and most spectacularly, the 
Galapagos Islands, where she spent her 
50th. Her most time-consuming event 
had to be the first go-around with college 
applications. Daughter Laura Flynn could 
not be convinced to even LOOK at a 
girl's school, but Katherine and husband 
were thrilled that she came physically 
close, at least, will be attending UVA. 
They begin the h. s. years with daughter 
#2 and the pursuit of a driver's license. 
This will keep Katherine busy along with 
a major remodel of her house. Katherine 
was interested in the SBC Homecoming 
Weekend but was unable to attend. 

Jane Hemenway Sullivan 
responded to our request for news with 
an invitation to all of our classmates to 
attend an SBC party in NYC. She reports 
that they had a wonderful collection 
of classes at the party and that club 
president, Yana Wagg, presided over 
the festivities with her 2 children! Jane 
also made her GA grandmother's lemon 
buttermilk pound cake for the event, 
which she calls her southern Sweet Briar 
cake. It was a hit! She hopes to start 
earlier in the summer next year, "snag" 
a few members of our class and will be 

happy to offer a tour of the "Big Apple!" 
In July, Jane, husband Jay and kids met 
up with leke Osinga Scully and son in 
MA at the Green Meadows Farm SBC 
get together that Joanne Holbrook Patton 
'52 hosts every year. Jane remarks that 
next to SBC, Mrs. Patton's farm is the 
most beautiful farm she's ever seen. Her 
children enjoyed all activities offered, 
including a first time canoe ride for 
daughter Elizabeth (1 0). Jane enjoyed 
several trips including the SBC Germany 
trip with Professor Horwege, which she 
said was a blast and was enjoying her 
house in the Hamptons (Remsenburg) 
when she wrote. 

Addy Eshbach Donnelly wishes 
all of us a Happy 50th Birthday! She 
moved to St. Louis 2 years ago where 
her husband is a professor at Washington 
U. They've been renovating a house and 
Addy has been working at the Medical 
School as director of administration. She 
rides, but needs a good dose of Advil 

Julia Sutherland celebrated her 
50th traveling to Russia for 2 weeks in 
June. She went first to Moscow, then 
into the countryside for a tour of small 
villages that surround the "Golden Ring" 
city. Next she was off to St. Petersburg 
and White Nights for a week. Her time 
there overlapped with the G-8 finance 
ministers meeting so she saw U.S. Secret 
Service and assorted financial ministers 
and aides from around the globe. Her 
celebration of this milestone birthday 
continues as she plans to see several 
classmates including Ann Maricle 
Stefano. Sue Griste Russell Lu Litton 
Griffin Janet Smalley Todd and Jean 
Beard Barden for a mini-reunion in 
Charleston, SC. 

Maggie Laurent Gordy looks 
forward to a get together in Charlottesville 
with Leigh Ramsay Simmons Betsy 
Wood and Susan Negaard Harley 
for a girls' weekend of shopping, 
pampering and house tours. More 
travels included ME and NYC in early 
Nov. Maggie works most school days at 
the local h. s. as a sub and has a long 
term team job (teaching English and 
Reading) from mid-Nov. to mid-Mar. She 
does make it up to the DC area to visit 
her Dad. Daughter Megan graduated 
from George Washington U. (magna 
cum laude) in English and works in 
Washington. Son John, starting his 2nd 
year at Appalachian State, is thinking of 
becoming a nurse! Husband Joe is busy 
at the hospital where he is now CEO. 
Maggie and Joe hope to go to Las Vegas 
after Christmas to celebrate their 25th 
wedding anniversary. 

leke Osinga Scully lives in 
Simsbury, CT with husband Mark and 
3 boys, Brendan (16), William (14) and 
Kirk (10). They are busy with the usual 

kid stuff; music, sports, church youth 
group, and scouts, leke participates in 
a choir, runs, and is Cub Scout pack 
chairwoman. They are considering 
renovating their 1841 house without 
taking away too much of its character, a 
real challenge. The process has led to an 
interesting search through town records 
on the house itself. Mark still works for 
Allianz in Munich, Germany, commutes 
back and forth. The family goes along 
sometimes which helps the boys keep 
up their German, leke got together with 
Jane Hemenway Sullivan and family at 
a New England SBC Alumnae gathering 
at Joanne Holbrook Patton's '52 organic 
farm outside Boston in July which was 
fun and interesting. They got a look at 
what they are doing with the whole dairy 
complex which is interesting, exciting and 
sad all rolled up into one emotion. 

Toni Christian Brown and husband 
Jim live on their 1 1 7 acre, Blue Grass 
Farm just 3 miles from Lexington with 6 
horses, a donkey, 4 dogs and 2 cats. Both 
daughters graduated this past spring, 
Claibourne from Meredith Coll. and Finley 
from the Purnell School in NJ. Claibourne 
moved back to Lexington, working for 
Conservation Partners, LLC helping 
people with land conservation and the tax 
benefits thereof. Finley attends Guilford 
Coll. (Toni tried to get her to go to SBC). 
Toni and Jim started their own real 
estate firm specializing in farms, estates, 
historic properties, and conservation 
easements 2 years ago and have done 
very well. Anyone looking for property 
in the Shenandoah Valley, give them a 
call. Toni sees Robin Jones Eddy often 
as they have done several deals with her 
lately. Robin is great and shares all her 
Christmas cards with Toni (usually in Jul.) 
so she can keep up with all the news of 
other SBC-ers. 

Betsy Hurley Deimel is very busy; 
she works as the finance director for 
Congressman Phil English, (R-PA). It's 
a 24/7 job this time of year, especially 
since he is also a candidate for Chairman 
of the National Republican Congressional 
Committee. Betsy warns us that her 
daughter, Erica (16). has her driving 
permit! Where does the time go? 

Ann Thrash Jones, husband Bob 
and Chris (25) work hard and enjoy life. 
Daughter Mary Pat (20) is a sophomore 
at SBC, on the Judicial Committee, 
the Riding Council and has a GPA to 
brag about!! Ann can't wait for Family 
Weekend '06, hopes to talk her sister 
Carole Thrash Collins '87 into attending 
Homecoming '07! Ann hopes to see many 
classmates at upcoming SBC events. 

Katie Renaud Baldwin has been 
good about staying in touch with us! We 
hope she attends the next reunion. She 
had a blast when she went to Ml this 
summer to visit family and h. s. friends. 

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She is in AK teaching kindergarten with 
another great class! Emily, a junior, has 
started volleyball season. Amanda is at 
college in Portland, OR. Katie enjoyed 
her visit this summer with Amanda! 
Husband Cary is working his last year at 
Petersburg Fisheries. Katie and Cary sold 
their house, will live in company housing 
until they all move to OR for the summer 
of '07. They will come back to AK for 
Emily's senior year in h. s. When Emily 
goes to college, Katie will return to OR 
where she plans to teach. 

Lucy Darby Meston, a FL resident, 
spent the year in Colorado Springs with 
husband Eric. They toured the entire 
scenic state on his leave days. In June, 
while crossing the Continental Divide 
at Independence Pass (ht. of 1 2,500 
ft); they were surprised by a summer 
snowfall! Lucy keeps in touch with Karen 
Kuhlman Archebauer and Janet 
Smalley Todd. Lucy wishes all of her 
classmates a Happy 50th Birthday! 

Becky Mulvihill McKenna writes 
that she and husband Ken are suddenly 
facing an "empty nest." All 3 of their 
daughters have now moved on to college 
or other adventures! Oldest daughter 
Katie just graduated from Carleton 
Coll., is headed to the Peace Corps for 
2 years. She will be stationed on a very 
primitive, remote island in the South 
Pacific in the country of Kiribati (north of 
Fiji). Becky wanted to raise her daughters 
to be strong and independent, but said 
this choice is a hard one for a mother 
to face. Daughter Maggie is beginning 
her junior year at Macalester Coll., 
also has creative plans in International 
Studies and Women and Gender Studies. 
Youngest daughter Erin just finished 
a challenging, month-long wilderness 
program canoeing/portaging in Ontario 
to prepare for freshman year at Earlham 
Coll. Becky remarks that it will be very 
interesting to see what it feels like for her 
and Ken to have real time to themselves 
after 22 years of carpools, parent/teacher 
conferences and "family dinners." While 
Ken continues as a college guidance 
counselor at SLUH, Becky stays busy 
doing a little graduate teaching and 
expanding her private practice to full- 
time. She is also president-elect for the 
Missouri Association for Marriage and 
Family Therapists. She has been doing 
more outdoor adventure/ experiential 
education groups which she loves. In 
addition to work and family commitments, 
Becky has found time to make 2 trips 
to New Orleans to do demolition and 
cleanup in one of the area's destroyed 
neighborhoods. She describes her service 
as "very rewarding," highly recommends 
it! She will be there on her 50th birthday! 

Janet Rakoczy celebrated her 50th 
birthday with 75 of her closest family 
and friends at a party at her house. 

Classmates Carrie Ruda Clark and 
Paula Brown Kelley attended. Sister 
Linda and a local restaurant prepared 
a delicious spread. Mother Nature 
provided the most beautiful July evening 
imaginable, no humidity, no bugs and a 
full moon! The margarita machine was 
the big hit! Janet stays busy working, 
volunteering, training her dog and trying 
to keep up with the yard and house. 
She's wondering if any classmates also 
love working Sudoku puzzles. Janet 
limits herself to one hard or very hard 
puzzle every day. She saw Laura Tucker 
79 and Becky Dane Evans and her 
husband Larry at Carrie Ruda Clark's 
birthday party. Janet enjoys the time she 
and Paula spend together working on the 
class notes. 

Paula Brown Kelley had an 
eventful year. In Sept. '05, she and her 
family were shocked and saddened by 
the sudden death of her father, Paul 
Brown. She appreciates the support she 
continues to receive from her SBC friends 
during a most difficult time. Her father 
was so happy that Paula attended SBC 
and enjoyed meeting all of her friends. He 
especially loved her stories! Her mother 
is slowly adjusting to her new life and 
remains strong in spirit! Their homes are 
within walking distance, so they are back 
and forth quite a bit. Children, Genny (11) 
and J. P. (14) continue to keep Jack and 
Paula busy while also offering those often 
needed hugs! J. P. is a h. s. freshman. 
He just made "Life" Scout during the 
summer and had a great time attending 
basketball camp at George Mason U. He 
was thrilled to meet some "final four" 
players! Genny is a 6th grader, loves all 
sports, and is Girl Scout. Both children 
attend Catholic schools in Fairfax. Paula 
is in her 8th year of running her own 
firm, Kelley Commercial Real Estate, Inc. 
She primarily helps companies find and 
lease office space in the D.C. area, but 
is also involved in sales. An additional 
responsibility includes running her 
father's property management company 
in Fairfax. Husband Jack still works for 
NASA in the DC headquarters. Jack and 
Paula attended his USNA 30th reunion 
in Sept. Paula reports that it was great 
to see so many of Jack's classmates (a 
fun group) and to see Navy win its first 
game of the season. Paula enjoys the 
contact she still maintains with several 
classmates. She had a blast at Janet 
Rakoczy's 50th birthday celebration! 
Janet had a wonderful party filled with 
great friends, delectable food, a DJ and 
members of her special family. When 
Paula left her party, Janet was still 
dancing! Paula made a special birthday 
trip to Montreal to visit with old friends. 

Happy Birthday to all and thank you 
for your contributions! 


Graham E. Hyslop Maxwell 
525 S Flagler Dr Apt 15A 
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 


Lillian Ferguson Sinks Sweeney 
74 Longuevue Dr 
Pittsburgh, PA 15228 


Claire McDonnell Purnell 
Four Thompson Street 
Annapolis, MD 21401 

Hello classmates! Since so many sent 
news for the Oct. magazine, there weren't 
as many responses to this call for news. 
The next magazine comes out in Jun.'07; 
the deadline for class notes is 4/1/07. 1 
would love to hear from you. 

Carol Hayes Hunley writes from 
Pittsburgh, PA: "I see Vickie Archer 
occasionally although we're both in the 
same stage of craziness between work 
and kids. Vickie, an attorney, is doing 
well at Buchanan Ingersall; I'm doing 
well at PNC. We had a visit from Maggie 
McCarthy Stoeffel this past summer 
and were thrilled to spend 1 short night 
catching up. It didn't take long to revert 
to our old comfort level and memories! 
Maggie and I have oldest daughters 
who are freshman in school — Maggie's 
daughter Katherine is at Brown and my 
daughter Barbie is at St. Mary's in IN. I 
still have a sophmore (she accompanied 
me to SBC for the reunion) in h. s. and a 
5th grade son. I'm in a rut of not saying 
no enough and am very active my church 
and the local Presbytery. Believe it or 
not, I'm going back to school next year; 
the bank is sending me to an executive 
course at Wharton on Advanced Risk 
Management. I wish that I hadn't skirted 
the statistics requirement at SBC years 
ago! I'm going to need tutoring from my 
daughters (and maybe my son?). Wish 
me luck! 

May Carter Barger spent a 
wonderful weekend with Nan Dabbs 
Loftin, Jane Terry, and Allison 
Roberts Greene, Blowing Rock in the 
NC mountains. "We shopped, laughed 
and ate a lot, and all missed the good 
old days when we could party all 
night. Instead, we were asleep before 
midnight and our feet hurt from too 
much shopping. It was the peak of fall 
season and a wonderful time." May and 

her daughter Josie (11) vacationed with 
Allison and her daughter Mackenzie 
to the Home of Elvis Presley! "We had 
a blast. We were there during Elvis 
week and got to see the top 3 Elvis 
impersonators in the world, unbelievable." 
Son Ben (9) is 1 00% boy and oh so much 
fun to watch grow. 

Mary Boehling Schwartz writes: 
"Richard and I celebrated our 20th 
anniversary in Nov. Daughter Sarah is a 
sophomore at Wake Forest U. and son 
Michael (1 1 ) is in his last year of elem. 
school. Richard and I are social science 
research geeks. I've been in housing and 
mortgage market policy research 20+ 
years, currently work in the American 
Housing Survey Branch of the US Census 
Bureau. Richard works for Duke's Center 
for Demographic Studies on America's 
long-term care of the elderly. He will be 
leaving Duke soon; the grant was not 
funded again." 

Sandy Meads Jeffries has been 
living in Pinehurst, NC for almost 1 
years, teaches 3rd grade at Pinehurst 
Elem. "This is my 26th year teaching 
and I still love it! I have recently earned 
my Masters in Elementary Education 
and have completed the National Board 
Certification process. My oldest son (21) 
attends JMU. Middle daughter Becky 
is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill and 
loving it. Youngest Katie, a junior in h. 
s., is interested in SBC! YEAH! I plan on 
making the next reunion; I missed the last 
reunion because of graduation!" 

In Sept., Kearsley Walsh, Brendy 
Reiter Hantzes, Mary Kate Ferguson, 
Tressa Blaine Lange and I did lunch 
in Old Town Alexandria. It was fun to see 
each other. All classmates are welcome to 
join in, the more, the merrier. 

In Oct., Brendy Hantzes hosted a 
Harvest Party at her home in Chantilly, 
VA. House, table, and food were perfect. 
Brendy is very creative and everyone 
had a wonderful time. Kearsley Walsh, 
Tressa Lange, Mary Schwartz, Mary 
Kate Ferguson were there; it was fun 
to catch up. Brendy got together with 
Eve Devine and writes "I talked Eve 
into buying the most beautiful coat. I 
thought she deserved it to celebrate 
her promotion." Brendy is very excited 
to have Harrison and Will home for the 
Thanksgiving Break. 

As for me, in Jul., with the help of 
SBC area alumnae, I hosted a "Back to 
School" luncheon at my house. There 
were 30 people, including alumnae, 
husbands, children, a new student, and 
her mother, but NO SBC students. 
Oh well, they missed the fun and pink 
and green M&M's. Things are good 
in Annapolis. John and I work out of 
the home sharing an office, which has 
worked out well. I'm now the mother of a 
teenager! Mary turned 1 3 in Nov. I realize 

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that for some of you this is a "been there, 
done that" experience, but for me it's 
all new. Any words of wisdom are most 
welcome! Elizabeth, "Lizzie," (9) is happy 
in 4th grade, a huge Nancy Drew fan. 
She and I went to Williamsburg in Oct., a 
wonderful time. 

Thank you Brendy, Carol, Mary, May, 
and Sandy for sending news. It was nice 
to hear from you and I hope to hear from 
more classmates for the Apr. 1 deadline. 
I'll send you a notice, feel free to write 
news anytime or just say hello. 



Mrs. Benjamin W. Dowling 
427 Deerhaven Lane 
Hendersonville, NC 28791 

S&uniav 3,007: 77la*f, 18-3,0, 3007 

Please note my new address in the NC 
Mountains and send your pink info sheet 
for our 25th Reunion Scrapbook! Didn't 
you always think that people going to 
their 25th were old? Obviously WE are 
still young, but this is a big milestone 
and a special reunion year. I hope to 
see you there. We'll share SBC history 
and you will find that you really have fun 
reconnecting with old friends and making 
new ones with classmates you barely 
knew. So put aside your hesitations and 
come! Let's look forward to encouraging 
each other and celebrating together. 
(I think the class of '82 is particularly 
entertaining and fun!) 

Lucile Redmond Flournoy 
faithfully sent in her form. This fall she, 
husband, and youngest daughter enjoyed 
foxhunting as a family. 

Deborah Price Bowman is in Short 
Hills, NJ. She and husband Jeff have 
Kate (1 0) and Kessler (5). Debbie is an 
avid doubles tennis player and serves 
in a leadership role in several local non- 
profits. She also enjoys live rock concerts! 

Ginny Beverly Parker is in the 
SC "low country" working as a portrait 
photographer. She and husband Walter 
are busy parenting Tom who is in 4th 
grade. Ginny is also a Presbyterian 
deacon and a certified yoga instructor. 

Cathy Adams Miller is still in 
Grafton, VA where she is Dir. of Pharmacy 
for Riverside Behavioral Health Center. 
She and David have 2 girls in middle 
school. Cathy enjoys horseback riding 
and hopes she can come to reunion. (So 
do I!) 

Brianna Boswell Brown is making 
plans for reunion. Will Randy come too? 
The activities of her children (10, 14, and 
17) keep her on the run, but she will readily 
agree that they are worth the trouble! 

Melissa Byrne Partington 
14441 Chepstow Rd 
Midlothian, VA 23113 


Cynthia Pike Gaylord 
33 Edgehill Ave 
Chatham, NJ 07928 


Cecily Venable Schulz Banks 
11 Harbour Rd 
Barrington, Rl 02806 


Charade Marquitta Boiling Estes 
245 Spyglass Ln 
Stafford, VA 22556-3659 


Jean Graceanne Lewis 
3641 Elderberry PI 
Fairfax, VA 22033 


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Elizabeth Wiley Stoebner 
3900 Pete's Path 
Austin, TX 78731 

It's so fun to hear from each of you! 
Great news! Leslie Corrado is engaged, 
Jun. wedding in DE. Christen Anderson 
Abernethy '89 will be a bridesmaid; many 
SBC girls expect to attend. Leslie and 
fiance David live a bicoastal life between 
San Francisco and Rehoboth Beach, DE. 
She works as a b&w family photographer, 
studios on both coasts. Leslie saw 
Katie Keogh Weidner a few times last 
summer in Rehoboth. She and husband 
Doug have 6 kids between them. Leslie 
photographed them on the beach: "they 
make the most adorable family!" 

Cecilia Moore had a fabulous time 
at Homecoming. The highlight of the 
weekend was the celebration of the 
capital campaign's successful conclusion 
(over 1 00 million raised). SBC threw a 

grand party reminiscent of the Great 
Gatsby. Cecilia "almost expected F. Scott 
and Zelda to make an appearance." The 
flowers were gorgeous, the food tasty and 
abundant, and the company outstanding. 
The only thing that would've made it 
better was more members of the Class of 
1 988. Cecilia was the lone representative. 
But, she did get to enjoy the evening with 
Elizabeth Lindsey '86, Emmy Leung '89, 
Joann Bogolin '89, and Vikki Schroeder 
'87 along with many other members of 
the classes of the late 80s. She hopes 
more will attend Homecoming '07. 

Jennifer Bach Rosen reports things 
look good in New Orleans. They're back 
in their house after a very quiet hurricane 
season. WHEW! She has a new role at 
Newman as Director of Admissions, really 
enjoys it! Her boys are Matthew (9) and 
Will (6). Matt will go to sleep-away camp 
this summer in NC! She invites anyone in 
New Orleans to visit. 

Ellyn Palermo Theophilopoulos 
and husband Dean have 4 kids: Joi (9), 
Ty (7), Alex (5), and Drew (3). They live 
in Tarpon Springs, FL. Ellyn is in her 
2nd year of law school at Stetson U., St 
Petersburg. She plans to do volunteer 
work at an indigent clinic to keep her MD 
skills sharp. She hopes to work in some 
sort of health law or medical malpractice 
defense job after law school. Ellyn would 
love to hear from classmates: ellvntheo® . 

Kathryn Deriso-Schwartz reports 
that daughter Kacki just started h. s., and 
twins Burgen and Webb joined her at 
Palmer Trinity Prep. Chander (2nd grade) 
is getting big. They've been busy with 
remodeling and Alan is building an office 
on the house. Kathryn is doing great and 
hopefully by the year's end will be well 
enough to get back to playing sports. 

Nancy McDonald, living in Cary, NC, 
really loves it. She teaches 3rd grade and 
loves the challenge it brings every day! 
Nancy ran into Cindy Rhoades Harper 
at a restaurant in Apex, NC. "It was 
amazing that she even recognized me as 
20 years does a lot to some people!" 

Stacy Meadows Apter reports that 
life is good. Joshua is 9; Abi (6) is in 1st 
grade. They're fantastic kids and keep 
Tom and Stacy on their toes! After 1 7 
years in the consulting world, she has 
moved to the "corporate side", leaving 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers to join The 
Coca-Cola Company. She works with 
non-US benefits, still "consulting" with 
non-US operations from the inside. It has 
been a great move, full of new learning 

Kern McCoid Roth enjoys 
motherhood. Edie (3)4) is enjoying her 
2nd year of nursery school, loves ballet, 
anything pink. Molly (1 H>) is a happy, 
bubbly little thing, except when pushed 
around too much by her big sister. 

Husband Chris continues work at Morgan 
Stanley London. Kern spent much of last 
year working on building a new house at 
the NJ shore with Chris's parents. The 
internet is amazing as she could do much 
of the work from London. It was complete 
enough for them to stay there in Jul. '06 
has been a busy travel year for them. They 
skied in Vail last Feb., hope to make it 
an annual event. Jun. found them in San 
Diego for a family wedding and Disneyland 
so Edie could meet 3// the princesses! 
Kern and girls spent Aug. with her family 
in ME; Chris joined them to celebrate her 
40th birthday. Sept. saw them back in NJ 
for Chris' brother's wedding; Edie was a 
flower girl. Kern and Chris had a quick 
trip to ME Columbus Day weekend for her 
cousin's wedding. They're now staying put 
for a bit and look forward to family and 
friends visiting them! 

Lisa N. Thompson says 06 has 
been much better than '05. Last year, 
she lost her dad. He died suddenly 
of a heart attack at the young age of 
63, but he passed away under great 
circumstances: he was dancing the twist 
with 3 young women in the Bahamas at 
the time. He's with her mom who died 6 
years ago and that brings great comfort 
to her. Her law practice in Vera Beach, 
FL has been crazy busy, but she tries 
to add more balance in her life with fun 
and adventure. She celebrated turning 
40 with friends in NYC, Christmas was 
spent in the NC Mountains, she went 
on a tour with a group of friends to 
Egypt in the spring — "it was awesome! 
Truly incredible to see the pyramids 
and other structures that have been in 
existence for over 5,000 years; cruising 
on the Nile to see the country was sooo 
coool." She traveled to New Orleans, the 
Bahamas, and just returned from NM for 
the Albuquerque Annual Hot Air Balloon 
Fiesta. She went up in a hot air balloon 
for the 1st time, much more enjoyable 
than sky diving! Her brother and his wife 
expect another girl this Christmas, so 
she will have 3 beautiful nieces! They're 
season ticket-holders for the Miami 
Dolphins who haven't had a great season, 
but they as a family enjoy traveling to the 
games, tailgating, and watching. Niece 
Lynsey (3) loves going to the Dolphin 
games in her Dolphin cheerleader outfit! 
(Both nieces, Kayla and Lynsey were 
Dolphin cheerleaders for Halloween). She 
keeps in touch with Stacy Meadows 
Apter, who just turned 40 too. "We hope 
to coordinate our work schedules for a 
family trip somewhere exotic!" 

Kathryn Ingham Reese says that "life 
is swell!" She finally has both girls with her 
at Tower Hill. Elliot is in Pre-kindergarten 
and Landon is in 1st grade. They think 
they're teenagers. As for Kathryn, she 
teaches 6th and 8th grade English at 
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volleyball and lacrosse. She tried to train for 
a marathon, but she is injured. "Needless to 
say, life is a bit too hectic for me!" She has 
seen a bit of Katie Keogh Weidner— they 
played golf with Kate Cole Hite this 
summer; it was a blast. She's proud 
of husband Bart. He started a h. s. for 
students with learning differences (Layton 
Preparatory school); it doubled in size in 
1 year! They bought land and are building 
a permanent facility sometime next year. 
The woman who started the school with 
him has a daughter who is a sophomore 
at RMWC, so Kathryn has had an insider's 
account of the happenings there and says 
it's "fascinating!" 

Speaking of Kate Cole Hite, her 
husband surprised her with a 40th 
birthday gathering at the Ritz Carlton in 
Tysons Corner, VA. Whitney Bolt Lewis, 
Katie Keogh Weidner and Minta 
Jones Ford joined Kate for shopping, 
dining, spa-ing, and catching up. Whitney 
says they had a fantastic time, everyone 
looked terrific! Life is good for Whitney in 
Charlotte — the hospital and the family. 
They're preparing for their 1 st ski trip this 
winter, in Park City & Deer Valley, with the 
boys — (4 and 6). It should be interesting, 
lots of fun! 

Stacey Sickels Heckel has a new 
position as Executive Director of the Anne 
Arundel Community College Foundation. 
She enjoys having a position that is a 
part of the Annapolis, MD community. 
Stacey and David still swing dance 
and entered the Virginia State Swing 
Dance Competition as a part of a lindy 
hop team routine (they placed 4th). 
Her synchronized figure skating team, 
www.iceforceone.orQ , is gearing up for 
a great season. She'll be competing in 
Providence, Rl for Easterns and Colorado 
Springs, CO for Nationals in Feb. if there 
are any SBC pals there. Sons Kent (1 0) 
and Leland (8) play soccer, lacrosse, 
and hockey. They sing with All Children's 
Chorus of Annapolis. Sister Susan Sickels 
Dyer '91 had emergency surgery this fall. 
She's doing well now. Stacey occasionally 
sees Kate Cole Hite on the soccer and 
lacrosse fields (sons the same age) and 
ran into Renata Leckszas Davis '85 at 
the Annapolis Cotillion (their sons are 
the same age). Stacey is thrilled that 
Leslie Corrado will marry next Jun. "Her 
fiancee is fantastic." Stacey met him on 
a trip to San Francisco, then saw her 
lovely parents while in DE this summer. 
Stacey gets updates on Christina 
Savage Lytle — a "super Mom" to her 
charming children, Lucie and Leslie. 
Heather Shettle Buerger is doing great. 
Stacey enjoys meeting her in Baltimore 
(She's taking some trips to NY to pursue 
her dream job as an arts lawyer). Sonja 
Gruhl Dupourque will move east to 
Atlanta soon. Her 2 sons are adorable. 
Stacey saw Sonja in CA while on a trip 

for skating. Stacey was devastated to 
learn of the sudden passing of Mary Byrd 
Schroeder Braun '95, a ray of light to 
SBC and all of us. 

Ro DeVirgiliis Putz is working 
as a library assistant at SBC. She and 
Pat Caldwell Richeson '91 are putting 
together a list of Turning Point students 
who graduated in '88 and trying to get 
them together for a dinner. 

I heard from Tish Holmes Vest, a 
classmate our freshman year, graduated 
from Lake Forest Coll., in Lake Forest, 
IL. She made it back to VA, has lived in 
Natural Bridge for 10 years, married with 
3 children: Walter (1 2), Sarah (8), Anna 
(3). She expects her 4th child in Apr. She 
trains horses, teaches riding lessons 
out of a lovely 450 acre facility called 
Windhorse Farm. She would love to hear 
from SBC alums, especially from freshman 
roommate, Lori Mcgee Lawler 

Caroline Reu Rolader practices 
architecture with Summerour Architects, 
Atlanta. For the past 4 years her main 
focus has been the renovation and 
addition to the Old Edwards Inn in 
Highland, NC. It has been an experience 
to complete 5 blocks of work. She makes 
frequent trips to the West Coast and 
Europe for work and pleasure. Her firm 
has an office in Florence, Italy, so her 
2 boys, Holcombe (8) and Xan (5) went 
to Italy for the summer. She will count 
it 1 of the hardest, yet most rewarding 
things she has ever done. Everyone had a 
wonderful time; all have the bug to return. 
Caroline says she rarely sees many SBC 
faces, hopes to get back in the loop. 

Denise Landau Blind says: "Things 
are great here in New Jersey! The kids 
keep us busy, but thanks to our flexible 
work schedules, we spend a lot of time 
with them! They're really good, happy 
kids!" Tyler enjoys his 1st year of middle 
school, plays baseball all year (wintertime 
practice in NY Giants practice arena). He's 
got a great curveball and change-up! He 
plays basketball and is in a Sat. morning 
bowling league with his twin cousins. 
Recently, he bowled a 288! Chelsea is 
an avid gymnast, competes at Level 6, 
loves it. They travel all over with a great 
bunch of families. They recently took 
a long weekend in FL to visit Denise's 
brother and 3 girls. The weekend before 
Christmas, 1 7 family members go to 
Disney, a yearly tradition! 

Susan Detweiler has arrived in 
McMurdo for her fourth season "on the 
ice." Her seasonal email is now: susan. . Her Antarctic 
photo website is available at: pbase. 
com/antarctic suze . She's having quite 
an adventure! 

Caroline Corum accepted a 
new position, will be relocating to San 
Francisco. She looks forward to meeting 
area SBC alumnae. 

Beth Stookey Sargent and husband 
Doug expect a baby in late Oct. As I write 
this, they're waiting impatiently. 

Cecilia Moore has edited a book due 
out in Dec. It can be pre-ordered from 
Amazon and qualifies for super-saver 
shipping. She enjoyed getting to "rib" CC 
about how she must be really big-time if 
she qualifies for super-saver shipping! 

I'm still a crazy working mom with 
a very energetic 4-year old. Kathleen 
does gymnastics, dance, and soccer. 
She started pre-K, loves it. John and I 
enjoy trying to keep up with her. We had 
a wonderful family vacation in Mexico 
in Aug. I think I'm ready for another one 
already. I really look forward to seeing all 
of you for our 20th reunion! 


Emmy Sau Han Leung 
7102 Wynnewood Court 
Richmond, VA 23235-5619 


Jean LSpillane Benning 
1506 N Bethlehem Pike 
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 


Vickie Campo Byrd 
2800 Northeast 22 Street 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 

Kelly Langdon Wooster, independent 
consultant for the humanitarian field, has 
been living with husband Paul in the UK 
for 5 years. Kelly's career in relief began 
after the devastating earthquakes in 
Turkey in '99 where she became Country 
Director for a relief agency called Mercy 
Corps. Kelly has completed short term 
projects for various relief agencies in The 
Gambia, Guinea-Conakry, Malawi and 
Kenya. In '05, she assisted victims of the 
tsunami in Sri Lanka through training, 
distributions and helping the tourism 
industry recover. Most recently, Kelly has 
been working in earthquake relief for 
Pakistan. She has managed a UNHCR- 
funded programme with 5 field offices to 
provide training for local and international 
humanitarian agencies across the 
earthquake zones of Pakistan. After her 
6th trip to Pakistan this year, she looks 
forward to a trip to Australia with her 
husband and a relaxing holiday at home 
in the UK. 

Anne Crow Galanides enjoys 
being home with 3 kids. She is training 
to run the Richmond Marathon in Nov. in 
memory of her brother. When their hectic 
schedules allow, she loves catching up 
with classmates Mamie Farmer Farley 
and Dawn Monahan Nelson and 
visiting Becki Finkbeiner Streett '90 while 
home in Little Rock. 

Karen Hott has stayed busy 
with design work in Atlanta, possibly 
some work in VA soon. She adopted 
another pug for Charlotte and hosted 
a networking social with Ansley Merritt 
Conner '87. Attendees included 
Stephanie White Frost as well as Lucia 
Marks Kern '94, Caitlin Sunby Russell 
'94 and Caroline Newton Smith '92. She 
keeps up with Norah Wagner Smith '92 
and Julie Brooks '90. Karen was recruited 
by wonderful Sweet Briar Alumna Camille 
Williams Yow '55 to be the Raffle Chair 
for the Decorator's Showhouse to benefit 
the Atlanta Symphony. She thought it was 
great to see everyone at Reunion and 
especially being together to remember 

Dawn Monahan Nelson reports all 
is well in the Nelson house: 2 new lab 
puppies and an addition to begin soon. 
(Dawn, we're guessing that's an addition 
to the house, not children!?) Mamie 
Farmer Farley, Anne Crow Galanides 
and she had a fun outing recently. Anne 
is getting ready to run the Richmond 
Marathon. Go Anne! 

Elliott Pitts is enjoying life in lovely 
Portland, ME; she is the Development 
Director at The Barbara Bush Children's 
Hospital and continues to work on 
her Master's Degree in Organizational 
Development and Training, with a 
certificate in Project Management. "I 
swear I'm going to be more organized 
than Beth Robinson Dean, even if it 
means a million years of grad school!" 
She says it was WONDERFUL to 
see everyone at our 1 5th Reunion, 
encourages everyone to come to the 
20th! "The more the merrier!" 

Christine Flint Canterbury writes 
that her husband Joe took her on a 2nd 
honeymoon around the world. For their 
1 2th wedding anniversary she went with 
him on a business trip to Amsterdam, 
Beijing, and Shanghai for 8 glorious 
days! They've never left the 3 kids for 
more than 2 days, it was a BIG treat. She 
came back a new woman and highly 
recommends a 2nd honeymoon! 

Marie Wright Haider writes from 
Simi Valley, CA where she and husband 
Craig have 1 daughter Abby (6) and expec 
another baby, Feb. '07. Craig works in 
Finance at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA 
and keeps in touch with Vickie Campo 
Byrd, Stacey Lawrence Lee, Carlin 
McKenna Moroney, Jennifer Gregg, Al 
Doucette and Susan Sickels Dyer 

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Lorraine Stanley Greer and 

husband Tom welcomed Alexander Lloyd 
Greer into the world on 8/4/06. He's 
a blessing and very content baby boy. 
She also finalized her father's estate 
this year, now the sole owner of Coastal 
Electronics, Inc., her parent's business 
started over 57 years ago. They're staying 
busy with the new baby, a new home, 
and being very active in a variety of 
community programs. In addition to these 
committees, Lorraine is active in the SBC 
MR program and the Wilmington area 
alumnae club. She and Tom attended this 
year's Homecoming and gala celebration 
for the Campaign for Her World and say, 
"It was a fabulous weekend. It's amazing 
what SBC accomplished with this 
campaign." She hopes everyone is doing 
well and looks forward to seeing everyone 
at our next Reunion. 

Ruth Ewers will finish the 
requirements for her Master of Science 
in Social Work and Human Services, 
Christmas '06. She plans to take a 
long rest and visit a friend in Italy, 
spring '07. She's a social worker at 
Region Ten Community Services Board, 
Charlottesville. She and husband Bob (an 
Architectural Conservator at Monticello) 
live in and are restoring our early 19th 
century home, hope to complete the 
project in 2 years. Son Logan is in 
Charlottesville; they hope he stays. 

Nandini Sett Ghosh Dastidar 
writes: "My career life has been like a 
rolling stone, but thanks to liberal arts 
education and SBC for teaching us 
to blend in. After SBC, I was working 
on my PhD in Biochem at Saint Louis 
U. where I got B average to get paid 
scholarship, but since I was sick I was 
told to go home. On returning to India, I 
studied a diploma course in IT (Systems 
Advanced Management course) and 
got myself a job in the IT field. Worked 
5 years in India, then worked in UK 
at Lucent Technologies, no luck there 
either. I loved my life in UK, but in the 
department, from doorman to chairman, 
all jobs were redundant. That was the end 
of software engineering for me, came 
home again. I worked as a teacher to the 
underprivileged children, then studied 
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 
which got me jobs in Delhi, but not for 
my qualification. I sounded too American 
over the phone. I worked as an owl and 
that, let me tell you friends, is no fun. 
You can't party like you did in college. I 
gave it all up and advertised. Looked for 
a hubby and I met him on the internet; he 
thought I was hilarious over the phone (or 
hilariASS recalling those good old college 
days). He proposed on the 1st date; I 
said yes. (By the way, Amber V. told me to 
write a book on how I managed and that 
would make a best seller. Excellent idea, 
thanks.) We're going to celebrate our 1st 

anniversary Nov 17, '06. 1 worked as a 
housewife for 1 months, but I added a 
special feature... presently I'm training as 
a travel agent. Might as well do what we 
love the most: travel." 

Erin Kate is a private practice 
Urologist in the Tampa Bay, FL. She 
completed fellowship training at the 
Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital last year 
in Female Urology and Reconstructive 
Surgery after completing Urology training 
at the U. of Chicago. In her spare time, 
she's learning to sail, windsurf, continues 
to play tennis. She keeps in touch with 
Kristina Glusac '92 and Joan Dabney 
Clickner. She'll travel to New Zealand 
Nov. '06 for a little R & R. 

Stephanie White Frost lives outside 
of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA and sees SBC 
alums on a regular basis: Karen Hott 
Caroline Newton Smith Norah Smith 
Lucia Marks and Caitlin Russell She 
escapes the suburbs occasionally for a 
much needed girls' night out! She spends 
a lot of time with daughter Eleanor (18 
months) and son Blair (8). She and fiance, 
Jerry Rocha, are in the midst of planning 
a small wedding for family and close 
friends. Look for that announcement next 
time! She would love to hear from anyone 
in the area or passing through. Her email 

Susan Sickels Dyer writes, "I'm 
struggling through a lengthy recovery 
from major abdominal surgery — I had 
my colon/large intestine removed, and 
have an awful post-op infection. A 1 7" 
incision, which had to be left open and 
packed, so the organs could heal from 
the inside out, is now stapled and healing. 
Fortunately, pathology reports confirmed 
clean margins, and I've lost 40 pounds 
& counting (although I don't recommend 
this weight loss plan!). Husband Ken, 
sons Kenny and Teddy, and yellow labs 
Luke and Stanley, are doing the best they 
can. Our church and community have 
been incredibly supportive (meals every 
night, dog walks, house cleaning, grocery 
shopping, transporting the boys to hockey 
practices in Seattle, etc.) We built a new 
house on Bainbridge Island, and were 
in the midst of massive landscaping 
projects when my health deteriorated. I'm 
hoping to return to the garden in spring." 
I'm sure I speak for our entire class in 
sending our best thoughts and prayers 
your way Susie for a quick recovery! 

Allene Doucette and husband 
Billy settled into their new home in San 
Diego. Alastair Tindall Casler arrived on 
09/1 4/06 (her mother's birthday). The 
pups love the great weather there. 

Penny Tadler continues to teach 
5th grade, NYC. She loves her job and 
enjoys her international student body. She 
works closely with the Teacher's College 
Reading and Writing project to create 
new and exciting curriculums for the 

city schools. She presented her ideas on 
Social Studies at the National Convention 
for Teacher's of English, Nashville, TN in 
Nov. '06. She also tutors, continues her 
work as a youth minister, and works as 
a member of the Long Island Diocesan 
Youth Ministry Advisory Council. She is 
in the process of moving, hopes to be 
settled in by the next magazine. 

Elizabeth Hensley Martin. 
husband Jay, and 2 children, Katherine 
(10) and Tyler (6) have been living in 
Valencia, Spain since '03. Returned in the 
summer '06. Living in Spain has been a 
wonderful experience for the entire family. 

Mamie Farmer Farley is in 
Richmond, VA doing the mom thing. 
Husband Matthew, now partner in a 
small law firm, (Armstrong Bristow and 
Farley!) does trusts and estates (wills etc). 
Children keep her busy: Miller (7) is in 
the same class with Scotch Nelson, son 
of Dawn Monahan Nelson, Harry (5) in 
kindergarten, and Joanie (2 W) is totally 
into princesses. Still enjoy memories from 
the 15th reunion at SBC. 

Carey Bates lives in Southbury, CT, 
a Technical Writer for Computershare. 
Spent a week in Friendship, ME this 
summer with partner Allison and 
pug, Archie. Allison, full-time at grad. 
school, works for a web-hosted data 
management software company (Therap 
Services) part-time. Carey plays lots of 
golf and works too much. She is planning 
a trip to Ireland in celebration of Allison's 
graduation from Sacred Heart U. After 
20 years, she quit smoking and this has 
allowed her to save money for a trip! 

Brice McRae Tunison writes: "What 
a great reunion we had! It was so great 
to catch up! It seems like yesterday we 
were all there! Things down in GA are 
the same. Still riding horses and raising 
3 children with husband Jim. Laura is 
1 0, Kate 8, and Will 6. They're great 
soccer players; only Laura is crazy about 
the horses like me. Kate and Will would 
rather hunt with Jim! We still love every 
minute on the farm. If you are down in 
my area give us a call! 229-263-7334. I look forward to 
our next reunion! 

Cathi Tavi Goslau-Rainold writes: 
"I finally married 8/26/06 to Emile 
Anton Rainold IV, from New Orleans. I 
saw the devastation of Katrina, horrible, 
but I helped fix his family home. We 
reside in Summit County. CO where 
Anton owns a business, Colorado Kite 
Force, and I continue in my sales with 
property management. We're working 
on our 1st family! I teach the 4H 
equestrian club here and keep in touch 
with Jill Randies, Cheryl Bishop. 
Brice Tunison McRae Holly Duello 
Dometrorch '93, Teresa Jones, Tammy 
Fein and Amy Bingaman Would like 
to hear from Niki Coello Hyman '93, 

Lorraine Stanley Greer Kerstin Ann 
Chrisman Castronouvo and Leslie 
Carson Hyatt '92!" 

Squiffy Walker Christopher lives 
in Richmond with husband Robert and 
2 daughters: Wizzie (8) and Sallie (5). 
She teaches pre-school; Robert is a 
librarian. She keeps in touch with Margo 
TenBroeck Calkin, Joie Roderick 
Tankard '90, and Chris Carriere Zazulak 
'90. My girls are busy with school and 
they're on a local gymnastics team! 

Megan Read Lindberg writes: 
"Eric, Sutter (9), Tessa (8) (who changed 
her name from Sophie last year), Logan 
(3) and I live in Lafayette, CA with our 
animals. I ride and breed reining/working 
cow horses. Eric works for Grocery 
Outlet. We're coming to the end of a long 
challenging and fun project of building a 
house. We have room for visitors, would 
love to see anyone willing to make the 
trek out west." 

Joan Dabney Clickner still lives 
in Charlottesville, VA with husband 
Bobby and son Ian (5). Baby #2 is finally 
underway, due Mar. '07. Who knew 
getting pregnant was so tricky! She works 
part-time doing easy office stuff for a real 
estate developer. She also volunteers with 
a riding therapy program, which allows 
her to get out in the countryside and play 
with ponies! Still planning to one day be a 
horse person again. She can be reached 

Signee Hoffman Swartley writes: 
"Our lives are changing. My husband 
Curt Swartley '90 (J-term trip to Europe 
1990) and I expect our 1st child in Mar. 
so this spring when you read this I'll be in 
the throws of labor pains. My chiropractic 
practice is doing very well, and Curt is a 
history teacher nearby." 

Karen Holland Carlisle had her 1st 
baby, Christopher Hayden, at the end of 
May. He commutes with her into Chicago 
everyday. She's been bombarding Elise 
Scott Via and Sharon Bittner '89 with 
baby pics. Still in Dyer, IN, misses the 
South during winter. 

Gar and I. Vickie Campo Byrd enjoy 
life in Fort Lauderdale, FL, keep busy 
with 3 children, Garnett (6), Ellie (3 J4), 
and Caroline (16 months). Gar works at 
MarQuipt, manufactures marine equipment, 
stairs, ladders, and davits for power boats 
from 50 to 200 ft long. We're thankful no 
hurricanes made landfall in south FL this 
year after Wilma, Katrina, and all the others! 
We all loved being back at SBC for our 
1 5th reunion in May, look forward to seeing 
more classmates at the next one. For 
those who did not receive a reminder email 
about these class notes, please contact 
either me or Mamie Farmer Farley so we 
can include you in the email list. Thanks 
to Penny Tadler for her hard work as 
Secretary, and thanks to Karen Hott tor 
continuing to serve as Class President. 

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14 Barrow Court 
Towson, MD 21204 

From traveling the globe, to celebrating 
milestones, to getting new jobs and 
promotions, to competing in marathons, 
the class of '95 never slows down! Here's 
the latest... 

Gwen Hickey Babcock got 
back from a 1 day/1 year wedding 
anniversary trip to St. Barths with her 
husband Devin. Gwen writes "It was the 
most incredible time, the 2 of us had 
uninterrupted conversations and morning 
sleep-ins! But we did miss our Kaeden, 
who turned 4 on 9/30 and started her 
1 st year of preschool in Sept." Devin 
works tons of hours with high profile 
clients (P&G, Volvo, Cadbury Candy) at 
his engineering consulting firm; Gwen 
is settling into her Co-Director of Youth 
Ministry position at her church. 

Beverley Stone Dale is happy to 
announce that she and husband Jeff 
expect a BABY! The little bambino or 
bambina is due 6/2/07. Being that 
Beverley is a teacher, you can't plan 
things any better than that! 

Katie Maxwell Schellhammer 
reports that she, Heather Aspinwall, 
Catherine Orr Nihem, Anna Reilly, 
and Kathy Whitby visited SBC in late 
Sept. for a mini-reunion. "Catherine flew 
in from TX! Tory McClintock Wade 
and Janae Thomas visited as well. The 
campus was quiet for reading days, but 
oh so beautiful! We shopped in the book 
shop, ate at the Briar Patch, drank beers 
in the Bistro, walked the Dairy, ate Sun. 

brunch in Prothro, and took a tour of 
Sweet Briar House & Daisy's bedroom! 
(SBC was launching their new museum 
exhibit about Domestic Service in the 
Gilded Age South.) Catherine and I left our 
husbands alone with our toddler boys (we 
each have 2), and were happy to report 
that both households did splendidly. Jane 
expects a baby in Dec. 

On a more somber note, Mary Byrd 
Schroeder Braun's husband John 
has found a nanny for little Drew. Both 
Heather and I have spent time with the 
new nanny, really like her. We do miss our 
Byrd though. 

Harleen Singh is still an Assistant 
Professor of Literature and Women's 
Studies at Brandeis U. near Boston. 
Harleen says, "Come visit." 

Molly Becherer Hasty completed 
her training in Pediatric Emergency 
Medicine and has accepted a faculty 
position at the Children's Hospital in 
Louisville, KY. They've moved home and 
are now surrounded by family and old 
friends. Daughter Lucy turned 3. She says 
husband Derek is adjusting to daily life 
with his in-laws. Life is good. 

Down the road in Louisville, KY, 
Kimberly Roda Moorhead and husband 
Tim (W&L) love newest addition Claire. 
Kimberly says she is such a happy baby, 
and Georgia adores being a big sister! 

Catherine Orr Nihem writes: "Jack 
and I have settled into our new home 
in Dallas, and enjoy the milder weather. 
Twins Connor and Tyler celebrated their 
2nd birthday; we are bracing ourselves 
for double of the terrible 2s! Gretchen 
Vida, Kara Dickey Moore, Elizabeth 
Dunck Hayes and I met in FL for a girls' 
weekend, a great time. We even drank 
cheap beer and burned ourselves lying 
out all day. Catherine also says she had 
a great time at the SBC mini-reunion in 
Sept. with Katie, Kathy, Anna and Heather, 
but couldn't believe one of the recent 
changes, "can you believe they do not 
serve pitchers in the Bistro anymore?' But 
walking the dairy is still as beautiful as 
always, even without the cows." 

Sarah Clifford Weaver and Bob 
celebrated their 1 1th Anniversary! Time 
flies when you're having fun! Sarah 
started working as a studio manager at 
Manassas Clay in Old Town Manassas. 
She's been making pottery, sells her work 
at their gallery. Oldest son RJ (7) is in 1st 
grade. Tyler (4) is in preschool. Both boys 
keep her busy and the only time she sits 
down is when she makes her pots. 

Kelly Hall emailed from Croatia: "I'm 
sailing around the Mediterranean right 
now, teaching for the US Navy on board 
the USS Mason. I'll be here for 2 months 
and am looking forward to more exciting 
port visits." 

Cathy Cummings traveled the globe 
all year and wrote in after I pestered: 

"After completing my Ironman race this 
summer, I need to give a "Holla Holla" 
to Holly Miller Mallos, Lucile Page 
Martin and Nancy Weigle for their 
support and encouragement; without it, 
I wouldn't have crossed the finish line. 
And I can't forget sister Christen '97 
who also did the race and made sure we 
crossed the line together. It was a long, 
tough, humbling experience, but made 
me appreciate SBC and the invaluable 
friendships built there. 

I celebrated with a trip to London and 
Ireland, spent a few days at Wimbledon. 
In London, I visited with Connor Louis 
Guntrip '97 and husband Martin as 
they entertained me while we watched 
incredible tennis from old broadcast 
booth tickets on Centre Court. Earlier this 
summer, I was promoted and switched 
departments at the bank. I'm now working 
on the Enterprise Media team managing 
our advertising and media planning 
and buying for the sports marketing, 
foundation local market divisions at Bank 
of America. After Ironman, I decided 
to make life more hectic and run the 
Chicago marathon this fall too. It was 
fun to run by a lot of Holly's old watering 
holes that she frequented while attending 
Northwestern. They weren't the same 
after Holly left. I just returned from Dallas 
where I attended Robin Hendrickson 
Morgan's baby shower, hosted by Holly 
Prothro Philbin. She and Will expect a 
boy in early Jan. Holly looks great, does a 
great job managing 3 adorable boys who 
keep her busy." 

As for me, I've been fortunate to see 
Cathy in her travels, and saw her in Oct. 
when she participated in Baltimore's 1st 
annual Jenga Tournament. The girl is 
fearless. I caught up with Lucile Page 
Martin on the phone; she and husband 
Bud are doing GREAT in Atlanta with 
Carter (2) and Mary (4 months). Lucile 
still works as an anesthetist part-time, 
which leaves her plenty of time to resume 
her pole dancing, a great way to shed 
those pregnancy pounds! She and Bud 
completed the new addition (wing) to 
their house and are thankful the worker 
who fell through her dining room wasn't 
injured too badly. On that note, please 
keep sending me your latest gossip. I'll 
be sure we get you in the next issue! 


Mrs. Amy Daugherty Michel 
8185 E. Smooth Sumac Lane 
Tucson, AZ 85710 

Victoria Gajda-Hartwell married 
Jehmal David Hartwell 5/06/06 
in a beautiful beachside wedding 
with a theme set to "Lone Palm" by 

Jimmy Buffett (of course!). Linda 
W. Towers was the maid of honor. 
Pictures can be viewed at www. : 
click on the Wedding link. The happy 
couple honeymooned in the Southern 
Caribbean on a Carnival Cruise leaving 
port from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Victoria 
was very excited to be back in her 
element working in the Emergency Room 
at Holmes Regional as a Registered 
Nurse/EMT-P in Aug. The newlyweds also 
took their annual Key West trip in Nov. 
for MOTM with all of their Parrothead 
Phriends. When Victoria and Jehmal are 
not working they are busy playing with 
Jehmal's son Devon (12) and daughter 
Olivia (9) and of course taking care 
of their "mini" sled dog team — Kiai, 
Nika, Sierra and their boy Raven! The 
cats are self-sufficient and prefer their 
"grandma's" company because she lets 
them watch Animal Planet! Plans are 
for their family and business ventures to 
grow in the not so distant future. Victoria 
says she was sorry to have missed 
Reunion, as she wanted to see everyone, 
but was also sure that Jehmal did not 
want to give up their honeymoon! 

Ana Maija Simic Beskin is married 
to Jonathan Beskin, and lives in Great 
Falls, VA. They have 3 awesome kids: 
Ian (8), Megan (5), and Stefan (3). Ana 
was recently promoted into the Director 
of Security Assessments and Operations 
at EDS, located in Herndon, VA. She 
occasionally gets together with Tracy 
Walters and Sophia Kassim ('97), and 
would love to hear from everyone! 

Robin Bettger Fishburne writes 
that she and Joe are settling in with 
their beautiful little girl Gibbs (1 14) in 
Greenville, SC. Robin has been working 
as a REALTOR with Ryland Homes for 
over 3 years, and Joe is a Creative Art 
Director for Ryobi Technologies. Robin 
wants to send out a very special "I miss 
you" to her close friend, Mary Byrd 
Schroeder Braun '95, who passed away 
7/04/06. She will be truly missed and 
thought of always! 

Kimberly Shaheen White is 
living and teaching Latin and English 
in Memphis, TN at a private Episcopal 
school. In '05, Kimberly received the 
Lorenna Webber Walker Award for 
Excellence in Teaching, which is the 
highest honor a teacher can receive at 
her school. She has 2 little boys, Max (3), 
and Marley (1) who are a fun handful! 
Max started pre-kindergarten fall '06. 
Kimberly's husband, Jeff White (HSC 
'96) is in a band called Giant Bear, which 
tours all over the country. Summer '06 
they played at the Joshua Tree Music 
Festival in CA and cut their first album the 
previous spring. 

Sarah Chaffee Paris tells me her 
latest update is that she, Jon and Bella 

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have moved to Hingham, MA. Sarah 
had a wonderful visit with Sarah Reidy 
Ferguson and her husband, Jim, at her 
family's beach house in Fairfield, CT 
last summer. Bella is adjusting to the 
quiet of the country and enjoying ballet, 
gymnastics and music classes. 

Rachael Boyd Belmonte has 
moved to Williamsburg, VA and is 
teaching at Walsingham Academy. 
Rachel's husband Joe works for 
Lawrenceville Brick, Inc. Their son Will is 
in kindergarten, and daughter Emma is 3. 

Juli Bechard got married 10/21/06 
to Robert A. Wilkison. Rachel Cooper 
Gray was one of her bridesmaids. The 
newlyweds are currently living in Maxville, 
FL with their "children," 3 dogs and 2 
horses. Juli is working in insurance, 
and Rob is going to school to become a 

Laura McGlamery Million writes 
that her family had a very busy year! She 
and husband Rich (W&L '96) welcomed 
their 2nd little girl, Leslie Anne, 5/08/06. 
Daughter Ella (2) is thrilled to have a little 
sister (at least most of the time). The first 
part of June prepared for the family to 
move from Wl to outside Cincinnati, OH 
with Rich's work. Thankfully they are now 
settled and hopefully things will now be a 
little less eventful. 

Heather Baskett is living in Orlando 
with her wife Layla. They have 2 dogs 
and 2 cats, and Heather cares for 1 2 
elephants for a living, including 3 babies! 
Her current work project is training one of 
the elephants for artificial insemination. 
Life is good in sunny FL! 

Susan Whitehead Froehlich 
continues to work in marketing at River 
Ridge Mall in Lynchburg, VA and really 
enjoys it! Gearing up for Christmas 
season '06 by planning Santa's arrival 
and lots of other festive things was hectic 
but fun. Sue also says how much she 
enjoyed the big homecoming gala event, 
and how nice it was to see some old 

Laura Lechler tells me that life in 
VA Beach has been good! She and Lee 
Foley Dolan traveled to Houston for 
Christie Cardon's fall '06 wedding, and 
Lee also had a shower in Richmond for 

Eileen MacMurtrie continues 
to work and play in Philadelphia. She 
currently works as a research nurse for 
the Department of Neurosurgery at the 
Hospital of the U. of PA, and will finish her 
master's degree in nursing at Villanova U. 
in Dec. '07. She then hopes to practice 
as an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, 
Eileen keeps in touch with Cindy Rakow 
Readyhough. Meg Magistro Aracdia, 
Leah Jorgensen, and Abbie McCammon 
Jeremiah '98. Speaking of Meg, Eileen 
tells a funny story about Reunion. Meg 
couldn't come for fear of having to deliver 

at Lynchburg General. While driving home 
from Reunion, Eileen called to check on 
Meg and was told her water had broken 
and she was headed to the hospital 
that minute! She then called Cindy and 
her husband Pat who told her to get to 
Fairfax pronto. Meg delivered late that 
night, and they all got to meet baby 
Nicolas "Nico" Christopher Aracdia the 
next day. Definitely a Reunion weekend to 

Jen Beck Locke writes that in Aug., 
Hunter was promoted to plant manager 
of the Georgia-Pacific plant in St. Marys, 
GA. Jen is staying busy at home with 
Marte (3) and Thomas (10 mos.). Jen 
recently received the Habitat for Humanity 
"Volunteer of the Year" award for Camden 
County, GA and has been working really 
hard on their fundraising efforts. The 
1st of Oct., Jen visited Jesse Durham 
Strauss in Alexandria and saw Abby 
Phillips Hinga Rachel Baltus Bridget 
Bayliss and Hilary Carlson Katerberg 
Jen would like to extend an invitation to 
anyone who would like to visit south GA, 
which is beautiful and full of fun day trips. 
She sends her love to you all! 

As for me, Amy Daugherty Michel, 
life here in Tucson is wonderful. Husband 
Sam and I celebrated our 1st wedding 
anniversary 1 1/13/06, and are expecting 
our 1st child, a son, in Mar! I wish each 
of you happiness and good health, and 
look forward to hearing from you! 


Kerri Ann Rawlings Burtner 
601 N Rosina Ave 
Somerset, PA 15501-1327 

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Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett 
183 Country Mill Lane 
Stockbridge, GA 30281 
(770) 506-7249 

We are already planning for our 10th 
Reunion, May 16-18, '08! Kelsey Lams 
is spearheading entertainment and events 
specific for our class, and I'm starting the 
Reunion Hospitality Committee. Contact 
me if interested in either one! With 
Reunion in mind, I'm making calls for 
the Annual Fund and gathering Reunion 
information. If you want to receive class 
e-mails and get connected, let me know! 

Lisa Hall married Jason Flynn of 
Benzonia, Ml, Aug. 5, Traverse City, Ml on 
Torch Lake. Allison Gerber Charlotte 
Rognmoe Gilbar, and Scarlett Swain 
attended. The Flynns will continue life 

in Aspen, CO, where Lisa trains horses 
and Jason owns a ski and snowboard 
company. Scarlett sold her house in 
Cary, NC and temporarily moved to 
Wilson, hopes to move to the beach in 
Wilmington soon. She'd love to hear 
from anyone in the NC area. Scarlett has 
worked for Accenture in Raleigh for 4 yrs. 

Catherine Zahrn and partner 
Shannon Bazar Zahrn '99 moved to 
Austin, TX. They look forward to exploring 
a new city together and being close to 
Heather McLeod '99, who lives in Austin. 
Brigette Laib moved to Houston mid. 
Aug. after relocating with company, 
Ashland Inc. She loves her apt, city life, 
and kittens, Tucker and Macey. She keeps 
in touch with Anna Meres Wade and 
Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett Cynthia 
has visited with Joelle Jackson at her 
new home in Murfreesboro, TN, Heather 
Smith in Chattanooga, and Alicia King 
'97 in Atlanta. Cynthia arranges play 
dates and activities for Virginia, 2 in Feb., 
and works on behalf of our class for the 
Annual Fund and Reunion. She maintains 
a monthly letter for 43 of our classmates 
affectionately called the Circle of Friends. 
You'll make her day if you contact her! 
Anna and husband Patrick live outside 
Fayetteville, AR where he attends U of 
AR law school. Anna works in community 
mental health at Ozark Guidance, just 
approved by the AR Board of Examiners 
to practice Marriage and Family Therapy 
in state. She enjoys the change in 
climate, keeps in touch with Brigette, 
Cynthia, and Alison Burnett. 

Bobbie Jo Hedrick Atristain 
discusses her 6 years of research with 
the paranormal in and around VA dealing 
with "haunted people" in newly published 
book Haunted People Haunted Minds. 
( It's available via the 
publishers website ( and will 
be available on Amazon and by 
Christmas. Great news: her husband is 
home from Iraq for good! 

Chantel Bartlett continues to 
manage a scholarship for h. s. seniors. 
The foundation has started traveling 
to promote their programs: Chicago, 
Orlando, Phoenix, '06. Chantel spent a 
weekend with Alicia Foster Wilbun in 
May, met baby Brianna for the 1 st time. 
Ran into Isabel Jean-Pierre at a spa 
in Washington, DC, a great pleasure. 
Chantel keeps in close touch with 
Alicia. Candice Broughton Maillard 
Cynthia. Fionna Matheson Natia 
Nemetisheva, and chats online from 
time to time with Bobbie Jo. Junior 
League volunteering and her jewelry 
business, , take up 
a lot of free time. Chantel and her parents 
flew to France for the wedding of Kristell 
Barreyat ('98 TA) in early Oct. "She was a 
beautiful bride!" Chantel gave a reading 
in French at the wedding, in front of 

200 people. She and parents then spent 
a week traveling Paris and southwest 
France. Fionna writes, "After joining the 
NOAA Corps in '04, 1 sailed the Equatorial 
Pacific as a deck officer aboard a NOAA 
research ship for 2 years. I've recently 
moved to La Jolla, CA, for a 3-yr land 
assignment. I work with the Protected 
Resources Division at NOAA's fisheries 
lab, conducting aerial and land-based 
surveys of marine mammal populations. 
What a great place to land! Shiphandling 
is an adventure, but I'm excited to be 
doing biology again." 

Lisa Williams lives in London, works 
as a Publicity Manager at ESPN, travels 
a lot. She's taking part in the London 
Marathon in Apr. and hopes to catch up 
with Betsy Bagg '00, Amy Scott '00, and 
Abby Schmidt '00 in Las Vegas next year. 
She visited Kelly Bowman Greenwood 
who has "a super-duper husband Wayne 
and house in San Fran!" Kelly will be 
the featured Landscape Designer on an 
upcoming episode of "Landscape Smart 
for HGTV!" "The filming was exhausting 
(everything is built in 2 days), but the 
homeowners are great, the garden is 
beautiful!" Check out her web site (www. for air time. 

MaryLea Martin Harris graduated 
with a MFA from VCU, summer '06 and 
had a great thesis exhibition at the Lee 
Arts Center, Arlington. She looks forward 
to time on campus this Nov. as the '06 
Harry D. Forsyth fellowship recipient 
at the VCCA. Her family attended the 
wedding of Courtney Totushek's '97 to 
MaryLea's husband's best friend, Adam 
Brown (highlight: daughter Emma dancing 
at the reception!). Harris and Brown 
families attended homecoming weekend 

Astrid Liverman graduated from 
UVA with a Ph.D. in Architectural History, 
May. Her dissertation entitled: "Art 
Nouveau as Social Art: The Modem 
Democratic Aesthetic of Parisian Worker 
Housing, 1 894-1 91 4" ("very specialized, 
but very cool"). She presented the 
research in Savannah, Apr. at the Society 
of Architectural Historians and again in 
Nancy, France in May at the Beaux-Arts 
Museum. She is Adjunct Faculty at the 
New School of Architecture and Design, 
San Diego and works at a yoga studio 
while applying for post-doc fellowships to 
get her thesis published and/or museum 
jobs. Summer '06 she met with Kibby 
Jane Bryenton Fergusson '00 in the Loire 
Valley, France for castle-hopping and 
catching up with husband Donny and son 
lain. In Nov she is headed out to Darelle 
Pfeiffer's wedding on the NJ shore. 

Susan Barney bought a condo 
in Richmond. VA to share with Boxer 
pup Milo. She loves home ownership 
and redecorating. She has worked 
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District Representative for 5+ years, 
mostly handles Immigration and 
State Department issues. She speaks 
with Marnie Tokaruk Bates, Cady 
Thomas, and Lindsay Culp Serena 
Putegnat is still legal counsel at the U 
of TX, Brownsville. She celebrated Cady 
Thomas's 30th b-day in Nags Head and 
will travel to Mobile, AL to visit Angela 
Elliott Merrick. 

Isabel Jean-Pierre was promoted 
to the Supervisory Immigration Policy 
Analyst of the Temporary Visa Program of 
the Office of Foreign Labor Certification; 
she manages 5 visa programs for 
the USA. She travels the US, works in 
conjunction with various Immigration 

Erin Wortley Valliere works at 
Micron as a photolithography engineer, 
juggles life with 2 children. She visited 
Joanne Hopkins, Kim Izquierdo, and 
Page Darney in DC for Page's 30th 
b-day. She and Joanne then went to 
LA to celebrate with Erikka Sund and 
new husband Steve Neal, who eloped to 
Jamaica summer '06. Joanne adds, "I 
did several triathlons over the summer, 
winning my age group at one, took 2nd 
overall in another." 

Anne-Claire Wackenhut enjoyed a 
2nd paid summer off from teaching, took 
trips from Buffalo, Pleasantville, and Long 
Island, in NY, DE beach, and down south 
to Atlanta and Huntsville. Sister Sophie 
'02 married Evan Szymanski (VMI/UMD 
'03), Atlanta. A number of SBC girls 
(mostly from Sophie's class) were in the 
bridal party and at the celebration. This 
fall, Anne-Claire started her 3rd enjoyable 
year at Capitol Hill Day School where she 
teaches Pre-K/Kindergarten. She often 
sees Emily Pegues '00 and Mary Lea 
Martin Harris when schedules permit! 
Gretchen Gravley Tucker attended a 
DC area bridal shower for Sophie. At a 
local alumna event in Jul., Anne-Claire 
caught up with Aracelie Castro '99, who 
now works at the Pentagon through 
the Financial Management Leadership 
Program. Anne-Claire keeps in touch via 
e-mail with Devon Vasconcellos Bijansky 
'99; Devon is married and works as an 
enforcement attorney for the TX Real 
Estate Commission. Anne-Claire looks 
forward to a Europe trip in winter to 
celebrate Sophie's wedding with family 
there and to spend time with Celeste 
'08, who followed in her foot steps and is 
away in Urbino, Italy, for her JYA! 

Elizabeth Snider Conner enjoys 
teaching Latin at St. James School 
in Montgomery, AL. Daughter Karen 
Elaine started pre-k 3 at the school, is 
having a ball! Elizabeth gets together 
with her sisters, including Rachel Snider 
'03, in New Orleans to celebrate her 
30th birthday, Nov. Rachel is in a Ph.D. 
program for Chemistry at Vanderbilt U. 

Tiffiney Whitmire Graham wrote 
in: "Bart and I had 1 st child Caleb Barton 
Graham, 8/24/05. 1 enjoy staying home 
with him, selling real estate and remodel 
homes. I can't wait to visit with everyone 
at our reunion!" 

Hobby Holmes worked 6 years at 
antique and estate jeweler, Camilla Dietz 
Bergeron, Ltd., NYC as buyer, seller, and 
designer. A pair of earrings she designed 
was featured in New York Magazine] She 
was engaged in Jan. to a UVA graduate, 
Taylor Cole. They will marry Jun. 9, '07, 
Raleigh, NC. Kate Bryan McCulley and 
Mary Freiberg will be bridesmaids, 
both of whom Hobby loves and feels 
honored to have by her side. Also in NYC, 
Samantha Brodlieb Platner married 
on Jun. 1 0. Mary Friberg and Carol 
Skriloff '00 attended. The new couple 
spent 2 weeks traveling Italy and now 
enjoy life as newlyweds. 

BABY NEWS: Cyndi Hague Hineline 
delivered Alexander Joseph at 7 p.m., 
1 0/6/06. He weighed 8 lbs, 8 oz, and 
was 21 .5". He has red hair and lungs like 
his mommy. Cyndi says, "I'm planning 
on staying home as long as I can, since 
I don't have a job to go back to, and 
Shawn is able to be home on paternity 
leave with me through the end of the 
year. I count myself lucky to have that 
added help, and he is such a wonderful 
dad! Thanks to all who sent gifts and 
cards (and prayers!) They were all greatly 
appreciated!" EXPECTING BABIES in 
06: Gretchen Gravley Tucker, and 
TC Weiseman Kennedy. EXPECTING 
BABIES in '07: MaryLea Martin Harris 
(Mar., in time for Emma's 4th birthday!) 
and Angela Elliott Merrick. 

Thank you for heeding the call for 
news! I love hearing about your diverse 
journeys and the common thread that 
makes them so great. Friends: keep in 


Ms. Lindsey (Neef) Kelly 
15012 Ashby Way East 
Carrollton, VA 23314 

This is old news for some of you, but 
it's the most recent I've got that hasn't 
made it in! PLEASE e-mail me new e-mail 
addresses for the list! 

Rachel Bratlie and husband Chris 
are still in Charleston, SC. Rachel started 
her 3rd year of residency in psychiatry, 
loves it. They purchased their 1 st home 
in Jul., enjoy being homeowners. They'll 
celebrate their 1st anniversary on Oct. 

Amy Gibbs Brown, Kenton and 
Cooper have moved to Boulder, CO; 
they're enjoying the "outdoor" life. 

Andrea Capano welcomed a 
bustling baby boy on Oct. 4th. Weighing 
9lbs, oz and 21 " long, Alexander Royce 
Bartlett, is a dream! He looks like his Dad, 
Roderick Royce Bartlett II. Both Mom and 
Dad are settling in nicely to their new 
roles as parents and learning what sleep 
deprivation really is! Andrea will return 
to work shortly as a 7th grade science 
teacher; Rod is employed as Director 
of Operations at St. Joseph's Coll. in 
Standish, ME. 

Aracelie Castro received her MBA 
in Int'l Business from UT at San Antonio, 
Dec. '05. She was accepted into a 3- 
yr Financial Management Leadership 
Program (FMLP) at the Dept of Defense. 
She relocated to Arlington, VA, Feb 
06, and has seen Donna Hoogland 
Harwood. Kelli Rogowski, and Anne- 
Claire Wackenhut '98. Aracelie ran into 
Christine Bump '00 on the street, and 
discovered they live in the same building. 

Sarah Dean joined the 
communications team of the public 
interest law firm, Trial Lawyers for Public 
Justice. She still lives in the Adams 
Morgan neighborhood of DC, keeps in 
touch with Kristine Bria, Erin Vlasaty 
and Amy Jo Downing Pitts. 

Jessica Dennig lives in Tucson, AZ 
with German Shepherd Kai and works as 
a Customer Service and IS Manager for a 
Canadian company after spending a year 
in Mexico with the same company. She 
has recently purchased her 1st house. 

Rachel Barnard Fendley and Bill 
expect a baby boy this Christmas. She 
still teaches 4th grade, stopped riding 
while pregnant. Rachel still keeps in 
touch with Paige Wunder Fadden who 
is busy with her advertising job. 

Sarah Kingsley Foley reports that 
Coleton Scott Foley was born 3/9/06. He 
(7months) crawls and uses his walker to 
get around. She coaches cheerleading at 
VA Wesleyan and her team competed for 
the 1 st time in 4 years. Sarah attended 
Elizabeth Finch's '01 wedding with 
Megan Butt Glover and Jenn Dixon 
Graves 01 . Brandi Whitley Hilder 
and Megan Pollard Leypoldt came on 
separate occasions to Norfolk to meet 
Cole. Sarah also sees Ann MacDonald 
Carter '97. 

Megan Butt Glover and husband 
opened their 4th restaurant in Jul. She 
keeps herself busy in real estate. She 
worked with fellow vixens in the past year 
including: Ann Macdonald Carter '97, 
Elizabeth Finch '01 , Jenn Dixon Graves 
'01 , and Kelley Dize Anderson. SBC 
clients are her favorite. She is President 
of the local alumnae association, 
Hampton Roads, enjoys getting to know 
local alumnae, current and prospective 
students. Daughter Ella's (SBC class of 
2023?) babysitter has decided that SBC is 
home for her too and will attend this fall! 

Shannon Weisenberger 
Habenicht, Charlotte, NC, started a 

monogramming business, Bobbin Along 
Monograms (, with mom 
and sister. She and husband Andy are 
having a blast with their daughter Finley. 

Kris Harris continues work for 
PriceWaterhouse Cooper, enjoys it, 
though she travels too much. 

Russell Harrison is planning May '07 
wedding to Doracy Robison, Raleigh, NC. 

Lindsay Hicks still lives in south 
Phoenix, works at a public relations 
agency. After 4 months, she earned 
Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), 
Aug. In spare time, she does freelance 
PR for local restaurants, writes articles 
for local magazines and newspapers. 
She plans a Nov. 24 wedding to Tim 
Watrous, whom she has been with since 
'01 . Lindsay will rent out her town home 
to live in Tim's house. German shepherd 
Sage looks forward to playing Frisbee in 
a bigger yard. 

Melissa Henning Hill has 
completed her 5th year in corporate 
events at Textron, still enjoys it. She and 
husband Barrett expect their 1 st baby on 
Dec. 24. 

Mamie Jackson began work at U. of 
MD, Coll. Park in U. Relations department. 
Mamie came to this position from 
Rutgers U., where she was Director of 
Development for Life Sciences. At MD, she 
serves as Director of the Western Region 
for the university. In Mar. '07, Mamie will 
be a bridesmaid with Sarah Dean and 
Julie Harju in Kristine Bria's wedding. 

Sean and Lindsey Neef Kelly 
married in Apr. '06, expect their 1st baby, 
a girl, Mar. '07. As of Oct., the baby-to- 
be is healthy and spends all day, every 
day, kicking mom. Lindsey has been 
in touch with Devon Vasconcellos 
Bijansky, who is doing well in TX, and 
Jen Schmidt Major, who has given 
lots of good pregnancy advice. Lindsey 
attended the wedding of Jennifer Burke 
Luffman '02 at SBC, and started a new 
job as foreclosure attorney at Glasser and 
Glasser, PLC, Norfolk, VA. 

Valerie Roche Kite and Derek 
started their own online coaching 
business (running triathlons and 
everything in-between). 

Emily Clark Kang reports that her 
son Terrence (2) is starting to talk, always 
a riot. His 1 st words were "Uh-oh!" She 
and husband Won plan to see Morgen 
Halllum Charest, D.C. at Thanksgiving. 

Jennie Lee is in Seoul, Korea 
working for Samsung in their Private 
Banking division and wondering if she 
drank 1 too many glasses of the power 
woman's koolaid. She wants babies, and 
anxiously awaits an engagement ring. 
She has 1 more year left in her contract, 
and wishes to see baby pictures, family 
photos, and anything American! 

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Marlena Dearman McGuire is busy 
returning to work after being on maternity 
leave. She and husband Christopher had 
baby Patrick Terrence on Jul. 5, '06, his 
dad's birthday. 

Heather McLeod lives in Austin 
with husband TJ and cat Squeaky Pearl. 
They love Austin and are excited to have 
bought their 1 st house in fall of '06, a 
year after moving from DC. 

Emily Sartor will marry Brad 
Patterson, Nov. 4, '06. They live in 
Durham, NC. Anna Carmichael 
Redding and Kristin Hard are 
bridesmaids, and Shannon 
Weisenberger Habenicht, Jill Triana, 
and Megan Butt Glover will attend. 
Emily still works as an LCSW at Duke 
Medical Center, provides therapy to 
families dealing with cancer. 

Kristin Smith Radtke teaches Latin 
and Math at a prep school in Atlanta. She 
is involved with a running club and since 
the summer has run several 10Ks and 
her 5th half marathon. 

Cassie Watts Ross travels a lot to 
Africa and Europe. She's a proud aunt 
again with the birth of nephew Henry 
Theodore, little brother to niece Eleanor 
(3), the 2 loves of her life. She plans to 
celebrate with Becky Hamby '00 for her 
walk down the aisle on Oct. 29th, and 
is maid of honor in Jen Lear's wedding 
Nov. 26th, at SBC. She caught up 
summer '06 with classmates at Sarah 
Elkins s wedding at SBC. 

Bernadette Dawes Smith and Walt 
have been married 1 6 years and have 2 
children, Tyler (1 3) and Emma Kate (7). 
Bernadette is a financial advisor. 

Shannon Smith lives in Garner, NC 
and works in Fayetteville at Cape Fear 
Animal Hospital as associate veterinarian. 
She graduated May '06 from NCSU vet 
school! Shannon is involved in Covenant 
Church International in leadership (and 
sometimes helping to lead worship) in 
the college and career ministry. She's 
been involved with Mycheal Esquires for 
almost 1 year, and reports that things still 

Tina Hansel Snover welcomed her 
1st child Nancy Brenae, Oct. 12. Husband 
David has taken a job in Lynchburg, VA 
where they will move in Nov. 

Katie Leeming Sparkman and 
husband Alex bought a house in Jul., 
moved a few towns over into Rowayton, 
CT They had baby girl Ashley in Aug. and 
are fortunately getting full nights of sleep. 
Kim Bolz-Andolshek visited a few days 
and helped with the baby. Katie saw 
Meredith Bonnell Houff and Marlena 
Dearman McGuire at their baby showers 
spring '06, along with Jill Triana. Leslie 
Hardy Dunville. Megan Senecal 
Burton, and Kim Bolz-Andolshek 

Lillie Voght Tillar moved to VA 
Beach, VA, expects her 2nd child in Apr. 

She reports that Amy Jo Downing Pitts 

just had 1st baby Charlie in Oct. 

Meredith Tillery still works as 
commercial insurance account manager, 
Knoxville, TN. She and fiance Marty 
McNamara are still planning a wedding 
although the date has been delayed due 
to a Marty's job transfer. Meredith has 
started an alumnae club for Knoxville, has 
actively participated in several college 
fairs as a Sweet Briar Alumnae Rep. 

Angela Walton teaches h. s. science 
(6 years now) and coaches field hockey 
at Annapolis High, her alma mater. She 
is engaged to Chris Carpita and plans a 
Jun. '07 wedding. Angela speaks with 
Mary Lea Martin Harris '98 and spotted 
Emily Pegues '00 running the Annapolis 
10 mi. race. 

Husband Chris and I, Debbie Buskek. 
were pleased to add baby Natalie to our 
family this Sept. Believe me that having a 
baby in Japan is different. Our 2 boys are 
doing well and keeping me busy. We've 
enjoyed almost 3 yrs in Iwakuni, Japan but 
will be glad to return to the US spring '07, 
don't know where yet. 


Margaret Elizabeth Davis Baker 
1008 S Walnut Dr 
Smithfield, NC 27577 

Hello, Class of 2000! I hope that the 
arrival of '07 finds you all well. Thanks so 
much to all of you who wrote in with your 
class news. If you haven't seen it, please 
check out our new class blog at www. . You can 
add updates at any time and it's a great 
way to keep in touch between magazines. 
Feel free to post pictures; you can also 
email me at . 
Now on to the news! Congratulations to the 
newlyweds and brides-to-be of our class. 

Lucy Brooks moved to Fort Mill, 
SC, just south of Charlotte, NC. She and 
Mike Thomas are planning a 1 1/1 8/06 
wedding. Leah Brooks Waldrip '01 will 
be her sister's matron of honor, Susan 
Bobb will be a bridesmaid. Lucy, property 
manager for residential and commercial 
properties, would love to see anyone 
who comes her way! Speaking of Susan 
Bobb, she says that things in State Coll., 
PA are going well. She passed exams 
at the end of the summer and can now 
dream up her dissertation! 2 more years 
to go! Spring '07 she'll travel to Leipzig, 
Germany to research for several months, 
perhaps half a year. She looks forward 
to improving her German and visiting 
childhood haunts. Right now she is 
counting down the days to Lucy Brooks' 
wedding, Nov. 1 8th and can't wait to see 
SBC friends there. 

Amanda Ankerman also looks 
forward to Lucy's wedding. She lives 
in Reston, VA, works with SAIC. She 
sees Evangeline Easterly Taylor and 
says that she still paints and has gotten 
into scrap booking, which she highly 
recommends to those with boxes of 
photos, ticket stubs, other relics. 

Kim Harden Fella has had an 
eventful few months. She married Chad 
Fella, 4/1 5/06 at her parents' estate in 
Macon, GA. Kristen Lawlor Steege 
was matron of honor, and Amanda 
Atkinson and Noah were in attendance. 
After honeymoon in Bora Bora and Tahiti, 
Chad and Kim returned to Macon. Kim 
spent her summer vacation with Chad 
in Newport, Rl (where he is in Surface 
Warfare Officer School), before returning 
to her job as an elem. school counselor. 
Chad will be stationed in Jacksonville, FL 
beginning in Dec. '06, he'll serve as an 
OPS officer on the USS Doyle. They look 
forward to traveling Jamaica together 
over Thanksgiving while Chad is home. 

Christine Bump says that she was 
sorry to miss Kim Harden's wedding in 
Apr. (due to moving), but looks forward to 
Lucy Brooks's wedding in Nov. She sees 
Lindsay Perkins in Arlington, and says 
that Lindsay has helped with many of 
her moves from apartment to apartment! 
Christine says that she generally has 
happy news to share in class notes, but 
'06 has not been her year! She will have 
only been able to live in her condo for 
5 of the 1 2 months of '06; her home 
flooded twice this year due to negligent 
building maintenance. She lost most 
everything at the end of Feb., moved 
back in with all new belongings in Apr., 
only to lose most everything again in May. 
She says that she is finally moving back 
in late Oct. after the complete gutting and 
reconstruction of her condo is through. 
Hopefully there will not be another flood! 
Balancing life as an associate attorney at 
a not-so-sympathetic law firm has been 
a challenge. 

Evangeline Easterly Taylor writes 
that Homecoming Weekend was her 
husband's 1st visit to SBC. He loved the 
campus and they enjoyed the weekend 
celebrations where they saw Emily 
Pegues. Jackie Hauslein Kruchten 
and Alison Stockdale. Evangeline will 
travel with Amanda Ankerman to Lucy 
Brooks's wedding as well. 

Also married is Elissa Pugh who 
eloped and was married to Enil Arguello 
Solis in Feb. She works in a great 
Montessori school. As always, she is 
trying to fix up her house and finish 
her thesis for her MA. The bachelorette 
weekend in Savannah and the wedding 
of Sarah Elkins '99 at SBC this summer 
were a blast. 

Amanda Jones still lives in VA 
Beach, works as a recruiter. She is 

engaged to Jeremy Williams; they will 
marry Apr. '07 in a small oceanfront 
ceremony. Jenaire Terry '01 is Amanda's 
maid of honor. 

Down in Ocean Springs, MS, Dr. 
Germaine Gottsche still practices 
general dentistry and is going into her 
3rd year, still loves it. She married Dr. 
Michael Wilson, Aug. 1 5 in Banff, Alberta, 
Canada. Wendy Bramlett Jolly and 
Keith attended. Germaine writes that it 
was a beautiful outdoor ceremony and 
the weather was perfect! The newlyweds 
had a celebration party in Ocean Springs, 
Oct. and Wendy Jolly. Allison Davis, 
Betsy Bagg, and Amy Scott attended. 
Germaine enjoys seeing Allison Davis, 
now in New Orleans working for FEMA. 

Amanda Atkinson is making a 
cross-country move and writes that she 
and husband Noah Smith recently moved 
from NYC to Los Angeles. 2 cats Fenway 
and Julian did not enjoy the 5-day car 
ride, but they're well now. Amanda is in 
student affairs at Occidental Coll.; the 
campus is used all the time in television 
shows and commercials. They miss 
NYC, but will probably love LA come 

Emily McGregor Fenlaw is certainly 
excited for winter. She and husband 
Jay have been madly remodeling their 
home in Dallas, TX, in an effort finish 
before the holidays and arrival of their 1st 
child! They expect a boy 1/13/07. Emily 
continues to pursue her architectural 
license, slowly working through intern 
hours, weighing the inevitable exam 

Also in mommy-mode are Anne- 
Ryan Sinnott Craig and Kimberly 
Earehart Coleman. Anne-Ryan and 
husband still live in Fishersville, VA. 
Daughter Abigail (5 months) is a fun 
baby. Anne-Ryan enjoys being a mom, 
watching Abbey grow and play. She 
keeps in touch with Kimberly, who 
writes that she and husband moved 
to Gerrardstown. WV in Apr. Kimberly 
gave birth to beautiful daughter Claire 
Christiana, Aug. 19. She is doing great, 
enjoying motherhood. She has also visited 
Anne-Ryan and her adorable daughter 
Abbey. And Maureena Robertson 
Crawford welcomed daughter McKenna 
Leigh, Sept. 10. 11:12 a.m. She weighed 
7 lbs 9oz and was 22" long. Mo says 
her life has changed completely after the 
arrival of her little girl. She is not looking 
forward to returning to work, but is 
pleased to report that she was promoted 
to manager. Her husband is doing well, 
enjoying fatherhood. McKenna has 
already received her 1 st set of tools so 
she can help dad. 

Jessi Livingston writes that she 
lives in AZ, loving it! She is the director/ 
founder of AZ Girls Lacrosse; it's growing 
in leaps and bounds. Check out the 

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website at . She does 
promotions and advertising for national 
lacrosse company, STX. Jessi bought 
a house, is excited to move soon. She 
misses everyone at SBC and says to look 
her up on myspace! 

Also in AZ is Amy Hess Snawder, 
living in Sierra Vista and working at the 
Transportation Office at Ft Huachuca. 
Husband Jared deployed to Iraq for a year 
in Aug. Amy says that it's a bit lonely by 
herself, but luckily they talk frequently 
by e-mail and occasionally by phone or 
web cam. Amy has 3 cuddly dogs and 1 
psycho cat to keep her company, plus she 
can catch up on all those "chick-flicks" 
he doesn't want to watch! Jared and Amy 
plan to meet in Germany for a few weeks 
for his R&R leave in mid-Mar. (Happy 
Birthday to Amy!) They visited his parents 
in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia in 

Carol Skriloff has been traveling 
too. She and Thomas got back from 
fishing trip in Islamorada, FL and are 
planning a trip to Argentina. Work is 
nonstop for Carol; she is in a partnership 
at Capital One Southcoast, will start her 
MBA in Jan. at Tulane U. Petrina Johns 
graduated with her JD from Southern U. 
spring '06. She speaks with Melody Dix, 
a CVS pharmacist in Ft. Meyers, FL. 

Tarrah Kehm is finally settled into 
her apartment in Brussels, Belgium and 
has been traveling to Sardinia, Berlin, 
Nice, London, and the USA. She enjoyed 
a birthday visit in Sept. from Liz Keating 
and Lindsay Perkins. Tarrah can't wait 
for Liz Keating's wedding! 

I got to catch up with Jill Triana 
'99, Leslie Hardy Dunville '98, Sarah 
Machinist '01 , Brook Tucker '02 and 
other SBC alums at a back-to-school 
brunch for returning students at the 
end of the summer. That was my last 
function serving as President of the SBC 
Triangle Alumnae Club, and if anyone in 
the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is 
interested in helping the club, please let 
the Alumnae Office know. Brian and I look 
forward to a road trip out to CO this Mar. 
during my spring break from grad school 
and teaching at community college. 
We're hoping to make a few stops to visit 
SBC gals! I keep in touch with Alissa 
Harris, Josie Beets, Kibby Bryenton 
Fergusson and love to get pictures of 
Lindsey Brooker Brooks's little boy, 
James, and Kibby's son, lain. Keep those 
pictures coming, girls! Stay in touch and 
y'all take care! 


Mrs. Amanda Wright 
19304 Anna Kate Court 
Pflugerville, TX 78660 

We've been a busy lot this year! Sarah 
Houston Kenning reports that she has 
moved into her 1 st house with husband 
Tyler and dog Maysie. She changed jobs 
to work as a Speech Language Pathologist 
with the Albany Medical Center, and 
is traveling to DC for a conference. In 
Washington, she plans to visit with Ashley 
Trantham 02, Lys Burdette Paulhus, 
and Sarah Belanger. 

Sarah Belanger returned to 
Washington from visits to Wales, Ireland, 
Egypt, and Poland and visiting London 
with Maria Kitchin '04. She completed 
her MSc in Comparative and International 
Education at the U. of Oxford. She 
manage's a non-profit and has more trips 
planned to Hawaii for wedding of Vicki 
Zak '00. 

Christine Rangel, NYC, enjoys her 
job as Marketing Manager at Felissimo 
Universal Corp of America. She looks 
forward to visits from Sarah Belanger and 
Sarah Houston Kenning. Christine sang 
the National Anthem solo from Central 
Park on nationally-televised FOX News on 
Sept. 1 1 , representing The Sept. Concert 
organization. She has taken up acting 
and is appearing in an "off-off-Broadway" 
show, "Female Bonding," running through 

Sarah Lyn Shulteis Kashou 
graduated from Boston Coll., May '06 
with a MA in Counseling Psychology, 
concentration in Elem. School Counseling. 
She is a 4th grade special education 
teacher, hopes to become an elem. 
school counselor in fall '07. She 
married Peter Kashou, 6/24/06, lives in 
Watertown, MA, outside of Boston, where 
they have lived 5 years. 

Emily Black Burns started 06 
by going to India and Pakistan with 
husband Roy (W&L '99). There, they met 
remarkable people, including President 
Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan. In Jun., 
Roy graduated from Stanford's Graduate 
School of Business. Afterwards, they 
spent the month of Jul. in London, 
Western France and Northern Spain, 
joined in France by Michael and Lys 
Burdette Paulhus '01 . At the trip's end, 
Emily and Roy re-located from CA, back 
to Boston's South End, where they bought 
their 1st home. In Boston, Emily works in 
Product Marketing forTIBCO Software, 
Roy returned to his old company, TA 

Lys Burdette Paulhus enjoyed 
seeing everyone at the reunion. She 
teaches AP English, 2nd year. This 
summer, Lys traveled to Scotland with her 
husband Michael. They met Emily Black 

Burns '01 and Roy, and traveled through 
France and into Spain together. They 
enjoyed the vineyards in Bordeaux and 
the beaches of San Sebastian. In Oct., 
Lys met with Meghan Frier Stawasz '01 , 
Katie Wood Rea '01 , and Jill Frier '06 at 
Jill's apartment in Centreville, VA. Katie 
was accompanied by husband Bryan, and 
little girl Brenna. 

Julia Kientz Ambersley and Robbie 
bought a house and welcomed their 1st 
baby, Christian August Ambersley "Gus" 
on Sept. 9. They attended Emily Keating's 
wedding to Nick Hagg and saw Joanna 
Slusser Hughes, Meg Eubanks, 
Chanel Smith, Leigh Harpel, Ashley 
Moring Weaver, Jamie Solimando, 
Angela Browning Montgomery. 
Stephanie Sherrard, and Brooke 
Burt. She also saw Ebeth McGovern 
Brann in Charlottesville to visit Elizabeth, 
husband, and new baby Isabelle. 

Leah Solivan Busque was at 
Catherine Holswade s wedding in 
Richmond in Sept. and had a great time 
catching up with Allison Johnson 
Hailey and Amy Whitney! Catherine 
wore her mother's wedding dress and 
grandmother's wedding ring. She also got 
to visit with Erin Wright East and baby 
boy Jack. We went out to dinner with Kris 
Harris and they both are doing great. 
Leah still works as a developer at IBM 
for Lotus Software Products, published 
2 technical articles this year, is waiting 
on word about a US patent and will be 
attending "Lotusphere" as a speaker on 
upcoming Lotus features. Leah spends 
time boating on Boston Harbor, dancing 
at a studio in the city and getting involved 
with the Junior League. 

Elizabeth Finch got married 
to CorbittWright (JMU '95) on 
1 0/7/06 here in VA Beach. Cameron 
Theodores Neuhauser '00 was one of 
my bridesmaids. Other SBC grads in 
attendance were Jenn Dixon Graves, 
Megan Butt Glover '99, and Sarah 
Kingsley Foley '99. She's in her 5th year 
of work as Sales Coordinator and Portal 
Administrator at Mohawk Marketing 

Erin Packard Harrison and Phillip 
celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary. 
Phill was promoted within America First 
Credit Union; he's a manager at his own 
branch in South Jordan, UT. She started 
her 6th year of teaching science. 

Lori Kovatch moved from NJ to KY 
this year with fiance. Left her full-time job 
in NJ to Manage Bella Vista Equestrian 
Center owned by fiance's aunt. She's the 
manager/trainer at the farm, if anyone 
would like to visit our website it is www. . She 
telecommutes with her company in NJ 
part-time doing software validation work. 
She will marry Brian Long in Afton, VA, 

Brieanne Vogler Midura and Ben 

live in Boston while she works as a 
pediatric resident at Boston Children's 
Hospital. She plans to specialize in 
Pediatric Oncology and would love to stay 
at Harvard as a fellow. Ben teaches at 
Milton h. s. and coaches men's lacrosse 
at Babson Coll. days are busy, but she 
makes time to watch Red Sox's games 
at Fenway Park, take trips to the Cape, 
and enjoy Boston's quaint neighborhoods 
and parks. She had lunch with Rebekah 
Burr, sees Laura Reither Marcotte '02 
often around Longwood medical campus. 
I call Vanessa Corry Julsen constantly 
to vent about residency and hear updates 
about handsome son Austin Carter. 

Allison Clark Joe started her 
predoctoral internship. It's a year-long 
position working full-time at a mental 
health clinic in downtown Portland, 
OR, last requirement before getting her 
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Husband Jeffrey 
still lives in ID, but looking for work in WA 
(where they'd both live when she finishes 
in OR). Sister Emily Clark Kang '99 has 
come down with husband and son (22 
months) a few times to visit. 

Mariana Souza will marry Jun. '07 
Humberto, who is a prosecutor in Rio de 
Janeiro. They'll remain living in Rio after 
the wedding. 

Natasha Nickodem completed 
a master's @ the U. of St. Andrews, 
Scotland in Museum and Gallery Studies, 
prepares for a move to Chicago. 

Kyle DuVall Blonde and husband 
still live in Keller, TX. After 4 years as 
an International Marketing Manager for 
NCH Corporation in Dallas she resigned 
and accepted a position as a French 
teacher at a nearby h. s. I'm teaching all 
levels of French, l-IV AP. She's finishing 
up her Masters in Secondary Education 
and French at the U. of North TX. Next 
summer, she'll spend Jul. studying at 
the U. of Strasbourg, France for the final 
credits, will graduate in Aug. 


Arney Elizabeth Walker 
1310 Princess St 
Alexandria, VA 22314-2212 

<$e<A*Uo^ 3007: ylay 18-30, 3007 

It has been awhile since current notes for 
2002 were published, I hope this helps 
update everyone. This spring is our 5th 
year reunion, very exciting! 

Laura Reither Marcotte married 
Doug Marcotte, Nov. '05. They met at 
Harvard and married Charleston, SC. They 
enjoy fixing up their house in Worcester, 
MA. She's close to solving her 1st 
protein structure, how exciting! Rebecca 
Waite also got married to Michael Del 

62 • Winter 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Piano, 10/6/06. Alexis Kovacs was a 

Lauren Keasler Bass has 3 

children, daughter Edie (4) and twin 
boys, Travis and Scott (1 4 months). Her 
husband (HSC '01) is VP of Real Estate 
in Birmingham forTranzon Hagen, a real 
estate auction firm. 

Michelle Dunn is finishing up her 
doctorate of chiropractic. She'll graduate 
Apr. '07. Jennifer Taylor married, 
10/14/06, Houston, TX. Amanda Davis 
was a bridesmaid. Jenn has completed 
a Masters in Education, received her 
Administrator's Certification, and is an 
Instructional Coordinator at an elem. 
school in Houston. Alicia McCartney 
attended Jenn's wedding. She lives in 
Arlington and work as an Operational Risk 
Analyst for Freddie Mac. She's traveled to 
San Francisco and Philadephia, ran the 
Army 1 Miler in Oct. 

Mary Tassone Dunleavy teaches 
7th grade literature and drama to middle 
and h. s. students. Her husband is in 
the military; they move around quite 
a bit. Shelley Jozwiak-Kellog is an 
Agricultural specialist for US Customs and 
Border Protection at Charlotte airport. She 
saw Susan Bobb '00 while she training 
for her job. 

Stacey Armentrout Fallah married 
Eric Fallah, 10/7/06. Kathy Fowler, 
Rachel Roth Allred, and Amy Waller 
'03 were bridesmaids. Stacey is excited 
to start her married life with a wonderful 
husband in Northern VA. Rachel Roth 
Allred married, Aug. '06; she and her 
husband live in MD. Amy Gardner is 
engaged to Tony Adams (VT '02) and they 
plan a small wedding in the Virgin Islands, 
spring '07. Sophie Wackenhut married 
Evan Szymanski 8/12/06, Atlanta. Julia 
Rowland, Anne Claire-Wackenhut '98, 
Celeste Wackenhut '08, and myself 
lArney Walker) were bridesmaids. 
Sophie and Evan moved from Brooklyn to 
Atlanta, glad to be near family. 

Congratulations to Tamara Young 
Metzfield and Dennis who welcomed 1st 
child Emma Grace on 8/20/06. 

Megan Tarnowski married 
Souelyman Gundogdu in the Hamptons, 
4/15/06. She lives and teaches in the 
Bronx and works on a 2nd masters. 
Emily Johnston and I attended the 
gorgeous wedding. Emily lives in London, 
works for Spink Auction Company, having 
a great time. She comes back to the 
States frequently for her job. 

I've been doing a lot of work with the 
DC Alumnae Club and very excited to be 
a help. I went to Homecoming weekend 
06 and saw Brook Tucker Ashley 
Trantham. and Aja Grosvenor along 
with many others. Ashley works in DC 
as a Communications Manager for a 
nonprofit. It was exciting to be back on 
campus and see the amazing changes, 

catch up with professors. I'm working as 
an Event Consultant for Windows Catering 
in Alexandria, VA. Aja enjoys the fall 
weather in VA. She takes golf lessons and 
tries to become an "athlete." She leaves 
in Jan. '07 for a mission trip to Togo, 
West Africa, very exciting. Upon return, 
she'll continue to provide Day-of Wedding 
Coordination, if anyone is in need. 



Kimberly Dawn Martin 

2411 SW 35th PI Apt 233 

Gainesville, FL 32608-3263 

It was great to see everyone at 
Homecoming. To those of you who were 
unable to attend, we wish you well and 
hope to see you soon! 

Lisa Lussier. Meghan Hauser, 
Anni Galdames and Sandra Grant 
Main had a girls weekend at Sandra's 
house, Long Beach, NY, Jun. '06. The 
girls talked about Anni's Peace Corps 
service in Panama and her plans to get 
a masters in nutrition; Meghan's life in 
Atlanta and her plans to apply for Teach 
for America; and Lisa's plans stay in D.C. 
and attend grad school for a masters in 
Public Policy. Sandra is a super mom: 
juggles beautiful Noelle (2) and twins Ava 
and Michael Jr. (6 months). 

Shirley Pinson lives in Spartanburg, 
SC. She recently finished her graduate 
program at Converse Coll., and looks 
forward to teaching! Lana Davis and 
Christy Maxwell visited Shirley for 
long weekends, spring '06 — both visits 
were equally delightful! Shirley stays 
in touch with Kylene Smith, Lana 
Davis. Christy Maxwell. Gilli Long 
Amy Gardner, Virginia Leigh Uchello 
Courtney Pfaff Kimble, and Amanda 
Crighton. By Dec, she hopes to return 
to Virginia. 

Becca Gheen graduated from 
Western Washington U., Jun. '05 with 
a M.A. in Environmental Studies and 
Political Science. She was recently in 
Peru and was enrolled in Amauta Spanish 
Immersion School. She did a 43 day trek 
through the Andes. Now she works for a 
wind energy consulting firm in Seattle, 
Washington, but is pursuing career options 
in the NGO/nonprofit sector in Seattle. 

Erin Keck Walsh was married in 
Richmond last summer. 3 bridesmaids 
were from Sweet Briar, Jacqueline 
Devine, Brianne Daley, and Virginia Fowler. 

Rachel Howell Smith and husband 
Randy just moved from Richmond to 
San Antonio, TX where Rachel started 
a custom children's furniture line called 
Peaches & Lilies. 

Jennifer Stanley Thompson 
celebrated her 1st wedding anniversary 

on 8/1 2/06. She lives and works in 
Northern VA. Jennifer and her husband 
have 2 dogs, Celti & Corgan, and cat 

Courtney Pfaff married Chance 
Alexander Kimble 9/9/06. Bridesmaids 
included Shirley Pinson and Anna 
Yankee, as well as 4 friends from home. 
In attendance were Diana Marshall, Kelly 
Espy, and Lyndsay Welsh. Courtney and 
her husband spent their honeymoon in 
the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana 
and are finalizing plans to buy a home 
in Warrenton, VA. Courtney and Chance 
welcome puppy Tucker, a Jack Russell, 
who walked down the aisle with the ring 
bearers. Courtney continues to ride and 
is currently top 5 in the region in the 
American Quarter Horse Association. 

Samm Grist started law school in 
the fall '06 at Vermont Law School in 
South Royalton.VT. 

Angelique Milone teaches dance 
in local preschools around Richmond. 
She is in her last year of school for her 
associate's degree in paralegal studies. 


Grace Anna Farnsworth 

PO Box 73 

Sweet Briar, VA 24595 


Amanda Jane Watts 
4223 S 12th Rd Apt 1 
Arlington, VA 22204-3762 

It's great to hear from many of you. 
Can you believe that the holiday season 
is upon us?! I moved to Arlington, VA 
and am attending GWU for my Masters 
in Forensic Science, concentration 
in Crime Scene Investigation. Katie 
Barker worked with Busch Gardens as 
stage manager during their Halloween 
event. She and I reunited in Jul. for 
Liz Churchill's wedding. Liz Churchill 
married Chris Beazley on 7/3/06, 
Fredrick, MD Diane Lotz Andrea 
Kloeti Erin Mays Cathy Sobke were 
there to celebrate. 

Brie Meighan married Jon Davis 
Hanna 12/30/05, Panama City, Republica 
de Panama where both SBC ladies 
and HSC guys were in attendance. 
She founded 2 companies, Panama 
Real Estate Magazine ('04) and Hot 
Properties TV ('06). Both are growing, 
very sucessful. 

Heather Wright was one of 20 grad 
students in the country to be awarded a 
Thomas Pickering Fellowship. She seeks 
a Masters in International Affairs at GWU. 

She plans to study at the U. of Havana for 
a semester as part of her degree. 

Brentz Basten got married 6/17/06 
in Lynchburg, VA to Matthew East. 
Tamara Himelright Helton was her 
Matron of Honor and Cat Brumley 
her scripture reader. SBC grads in 
attendance were: Laura Denson. Julia 
Geyer. Elli Vawter Amanda Watts 
Torrey Shallcross Kim Gibson, Haley 
Graham '06, and Lauren Byrne '04. She 
continues life in Lynchburg working at 
Yorktown Management and Research as 
a Securities Analyst. 

On Jul. 19, Jan Jennings became 
engaged to Kerry Need. Jan attends Mills 
College for her MFA in performance and 
Choreography. Sheena Belcher got 
engaged to Matthew Hubbard in Jul. They 
will marry in their hometown, 6/16/07. 

Lynsie Watkins is the President of 
Perfect Flavor, LLC, online gourmet ice 
cream store. She lives in Charlottesville, 
VA. Christie Sears moved from Miami 
to Denver at the end of Sept. and now 
works in the National D.O.O.R. office 
near downtown. Karen Dennehy runs 
family Thoroughbred Racing Farm. Dana 
Ripperton moved to the Ukraine to work 
with the Peace Corps for 2.5 yrs. Erin 
Gibbs. Maggie Murray Julia Geyer 
Kathryn Strong Kerri Martin Karen 
Dennehy, and Lindsey Woodward '07 
went to NC to say good-bye to Dana. 
Ashley Rogers works as a member of 
Speaker Dennis Hastert's press team on 
Capitol Hill. Cathy Sobke started law 
school at FL International U. in Miami this 
fall, will graduate '09. Ashley Ruffead is 
taking classes for a Masters in Strategic 
Intelligence, concentration in Intelligence 
Analysis though the American Public U. 

Lindsey Nash married David Hill, 
6/1 4/06, Outer Banks. The bridesmaids 
included Jen Bragg Amanda Swan 
Lesley Warner and Ashley Ruffead 
Meagan Chenault '07 and Carrie Thomas 
'04 also attended. The newlyweds live 
in Madison Heights, and both work for 
Nelson County. Amber McGlothlin 
Finnegan married in Jun. '05 and lives 
at Robins AFB, GA. She teaches middle 
school Foreign Language classes and 
coaches the dance team at Warner 
Robins Middle. Kathryn Davis is a 
research specialist in cell biology at UVA. 
She lives with Barbara Merk and Kristen 
Bergquist '06. She's a member of The 
Virginia Consort, and recently visited 
Mercy Nuesca in Hawaii. 

Samira Hossain lives in DC 
and works for Ernst & Young as a 
Management Analyst Erin Gibbs lives 
in Alexandria, VA. She traveled to Puerto 
Rico and Italy, began work as a grants 
manager with the National Fish and 
Wildlife Foundation in DC. Apr. 06. She 
spends time with the DC SBC group: 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2007 • 63 

Julia Geyer Sue Knouse Page 
Napier, Lauren Wade, Laura Pearson 
'04. Kate Feiss '06 and Sara Hoverson 
'06 and keeps in close contact w/ Karen 
Dennehy, Liz Eager, Maggie Murray, 
Dana Ripperton, and Casey Knapp 
If anyone wishes to contribute to the 
next issue, please send me an email at OR amandaw@owu. 
edu . Hope to hear from you all! 


Victoria Alexandra Chappell 

350 S Country Rd 

No 102 

Palm Beach, FL 33480 

There were no class notes for 2006, so, 
because I (Colleen Karaffa) now work 
in the SBC Alumnae Office, I thought I'd 
update the book for a few of us. 

Paula Kirkland has worked in the 
Alumnae Office since spring '06. Her big 
task is working on the next Reunion. At 
home in Lynchburg, she has adorable 
pug pup Otis and fiance Mike for 
companionship. She's busy planning her 
wedding on 8/4/07 and the honeymoon 
in Disney World. 

Cara Cherry is keeping busy at 
VATech vet school. She was glad to be 
finished with her 1st tough semester. I 
know she's had many new adventures 
with boys, pets, and friends. She made a 
visit to SBC, 12/1 3/06. 

I love my job here in the office! I'm 
renting an adorable apt. in Lynchburg; it 
has a yellow kitchen! Haven't moved in 
yet, but will in Jan. Let me know if you're 
in the area; I love visitors! Brandon will 
join me there after the May 26 wedding. 
(Cara will be a bridesmaid.) Until then, 
we're both busy with the wedding plans, 
and his future plans for law school. We're 
arranging a honeymoon in Italy — fingers 


(Boxwood Alumnae House, 

Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595) 

or send E-mails! 


or Telephone! (434-381-6131) 

We like to hear from you! 

Latest Issue Looks Great 

Just received the latest issue of the 
magazine [Fall '06]. . .it looks great. 
— Catherine "Bunny" Brown '49 

Spectacular Homecoming 

It was gorgeous!! Spectacular!! 
Impressive!! You could fill up the 
whole page with adjectives. Audrey 
[Rosselot '48] and I both agreed that 
we had been to many SBC events, 
but this one truly topped them all. 
Congratulations, one and all. It was a 
wonderful weekend. 
— Martha Mansfield Clement '48 

Thanks To All 

Thanks to all of you for a magical 
[Homecoming] weekend. Your 
combined efforts resulted in a 
flawless event which epitomized the 
quality of the current Sweet Briar 
experience. It simply could not have 
been any better. 

— Dr. Virginia ("Ginger") Upchurch 
Collier 72 

Homecoming: Sensational 

Homecoming was sensational. 

We can't begin to thank everyone, 

but please do pass on our grateful 

appreciation to all. 

— Mary Fran Brown Ballard '49 & 


Homecoming: Fantastic Job 

Fabulous! Fabulous! All of you did 

such a fantastic job — everything 

went like clockwork — 


— Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 

Things Going Well At The 
Old Patch 

The whole [Homecoming] 
weekend was so much fun . . . My 
granddaughter was so impressed 
with SBC that she's thinking of 
applying eventually for admission, 
but that's at least five years away! 
My grandson also said he'd like to 
go to SBC, and we had to tell him we 
didn't think it would happen. 
Things really look like they're 
going well at the old Patch. I was 
well impressed with the students 
presenting their Honors research. 
The program has gone way beyond 
my hopes. 
— Anna Chao Pai '57 

All Of You Should Be VERY 

All of you should be VERY proud of 
the outstanding Homecoming and 
Capital Campaign Celebration. It was 
fantastic. As usual everything was 
above and beyond. The centerpieces, 
food and service were superior. It 
was a fabulous weekend. . .I am very 
aware that these types of events 
do not happen by magic. It takes 
tremendous teamwork and many 
long evenings and weekends. . .The 
pink and green team idea was 

inspired!!! I hope this approach 
continues. Reunions could use 
the same focus and could inspire 
some fun competitions (fundraising, 
scrapbooks, etc.) Please pass on to 
your teams my heartfelt appreciation 
for all their hard work. It truly paid 
off. Again, 
— Sandra Taylor 74 

Thinking About Missing 

As I was thinking about missing 
Homecoming, I was reminded of 
a delicious squash casserole that 
is usually part of the picnic dinner 
served outside the dining hall. Is 
there any way to get a copy of the 
recipe? I do hope this is not a Sweet 
Briar secret! Thank you for any help 
you can give. 
— Robin Rodger Heller '76 

This seems to be a popular 

This recipe will make one full hotel 
pan, so if they want to break it down 
to more of a manageable portion, 
just cut the recipe in half. 
— Dennis Paranzino, Executive Chef, 
Prothro/Dining Services 


3 lb. Yellow Squash, sliced 

6 ea. Whole Eggs, beaten 

1 qt. Heavy Cream 

1 qt. Mayonnaise 

1/2 c. Butter, melted 

1/4 tsp. Season Salt & Pepper 

1/2 lb. Celery, Onions, and Red & 

Green Peppers, chopped 

1 lb. Shredded Swiss or Cheddar 


Boil/steam squash until firm and 


Drain well; arrange in a greased 

baking dish. 

Mix remaining ingredients together. 

Pour over squash and bake for 

1 hour and 1 5 minutes at 300 



64 • Winter 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


If you love Sweet Briar College and are age 70 1/2 or older, you now have an exciting 
new tax-wise charitable gift option. You can donate any amount — up to $100,000 a 
year — directly from your IRA to Sweet Briar. 

jf Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57 made a 
® distribution this year and will do so again next 
? year. "A donor who is required to take a 5 percent 
^ minimum distribution from her IRA can instead direct 
9 the entire minimum distribution or simply transfer an 
amount from the IRA to the charitable organization," 
explains Nannette. 

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 provides 
that the Charitable IRA Rollover gift can be made 
in 2006 and 2007. Nannette, who is Sweet 
Briars Planned Giving Chair, took advantage of 
this opportunity as soon as it became available. 
"This new provision offers a splendid chance for 
alumnae to unlock some of the dollars in their IRA 
accounts to make a significant contribution to Sweet 
Briar without paying the taxes due. In addition, 
such a gift to Sweet Briar could possibly lower 
the required amount that must be distributed every 
year from the IRA, which is taxable as income. It 
is definitely a win-win situation, for the donor and 
for Sweet Briar. If you don't have an IRA, maybe 
your husband does. The rules apply to anyone with 
an IRA, so perhaps he would like to make a gift in 
your name." 

The Charitable IRA Rollover gift is a tax-free 
transfer made directly from the IRA to the charitable 
organization. The gift is not included in your 
income and you receive no income tax charitable 
contribution deduction for the gift. This rollover 
gift does not reduce your ability to make other 
charitable gifts that are subject to the income tax 
charitable contribution deduction rules. 

Example: Mary Smith, who is over 70 '/2, 
has a traditional IRA with a balance of $100,000, 
consisting of deductible contributions and earnings. 
She has no other IRA. Mary can request that the 
IRA custodian distribute the entire amount — or 
any amount up to $ 1 00,000 — to a charitable 
organization. Under prior law, the entire distribution 
would have been included in Mary's income. Under 

new law, the distribution is a qualified charitable 
contribution, so no amount is included in Mary's 
income and this tax-free gift does not reduce her 
ability to make other charitable gifts subject to the 
applicable giving limits. 

The Charitable IRA Rollover is limited to gifts 
from traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and it is not 
available for transfers from any plans that receive 
employer contributions. If you have an employer- 
sponsored retirement plan and wish to make 
this gift, you can establish a new IRA and roll 
over some assets from your employer-sponsored 
retirement plan and make the Charitable IRA gift 
from the new IRA. 

The Charitable IRA Rollover gift is limited to 
gifts from traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. The 
requirements are: 

1. The gift must be made directly from the 
IRA plan administrator to the charitable 

2. The IRA plan owner must be age 70 ] /2 or 
older on the date oj the gift. 

3. The gift must be a current outright gift. 

4. The gift is limited to $100,000 per taxpayer per 

5. The gift must be made from IRA funds that 
would have constituted taxable distributions. 

6. The gift must be made to a public charity. 

7. The gift cannot be made to a donor ad\ ised 
fund or to a supporting organization. 

8. The gift must qualify as a charitable 

9. The donor must receive a gift receipt. 

10. The donor must not receive an\ quid pro quo 
benefits in exchange for the gift. 

The Office of Development • Sweel Briar College • Box G • Sweet Briar, VA 2459. 
|434| 381-6162 • (434) 3816263 fax 



We are proud to boast 87 percent participation of 
alumnae in Our Campaign For Her World, a historic 
campaign that will change the lives of our young" 
women and help make their Sweet Briar experience as 
good as yours. 

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